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62% of militants are killed within year of joining ranks in Kashmir, says Indian army

Srinagar: Around one-third of the militants in Kashmir have a lifespan of less than three months once they join the ranks, a report published by a Delhi-based newspaper Indian Express said quoting Indian army.

The report also carried that around 44 per cent of the militants are killed within six months, and nearly two in every three (62.6 per cent) are killed in less than a year.

According to the data by the Indian Army, 131 local recruits in the Valley till September 2020 (up from 117 in 2019), 102 were between the ages of 16 and 25 — 62 were killed, 14 apprehended and two had surrendered.

A region-wise break-up of the data showed that north Kashmir has 22 local recruits and 65 Pakistani militants while the south has 95 local recruits and 25 militants from across the border.

The figures also showed that 24 youth joined militancy in North Kashmir, 107 did so in the south.

The statistics show that the total number of militants killed in JK till October 2020 is 171, along with 50 apprehended and three surrendered.

Of the total number of militants present in Kashmir as of October, 89 are with Lashkar-e-Taiba, of which 51 are Pakistani, the report mentioned.

Hizbul Mujahideen has a total of 56 militants, with 52 local recruits; Jaish-e-Mohammed has 52; and, Al Badr, which had been dormant for many years, had recruited 16 local youth this year of which 10 are active, according to the data in the report.

More than one-third of local recruits have a life span of fewer than three months once they join militancy. Around 44 per cent are killed within six months, and nearly two in every three (62.6 per cent) are killed in less than a year, according to official data for 2020.

 

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