Parallel Administrative


No lessons have been learnt from the 2008 and 2010 uprisings on how to simultaneously dominate the Line of Control, suppress militancy, and secure the high ground in the information space through youth outreach. Henry Kissinger had famously said, "When an insurgent doesn't lose, he wins; when security forces do not win, they lose". Rarely has an externally aided insurgency been subdued by the use of force and coercion alone. The history of cementing Jammu and Kashmir de jure as an integral part of India is a case of missed and lost opportunities. The failure to create an effective deterrent to limit Pakistan's ability to interfere in Kashmir is an enduring liability. Inadequate use of force against militants-turned-terrorists who are Pakistani nationals, coupled with absence of a political process, has cost the State dearly. Lessons were not learnt from uprisings in 2008 and 2010 to deal with a triad of interlinked operational issues domination of Line of Control (LoC), suppression of militancy and securing the high ground in the information space with a youth outreach programme.
The Srinagar Central Jail is a hub for recruiting militants with inmates establishing a "parallel administrative" set-up, ignored by local police despite warnings by prison authorities, says a report by the Jammu and Kashmir CID.The role of the Central Jail is presently so important that every new militant is recruited only after approval from inside the prison, a report said.
Director General of Police S P Vaid sent the report, prepared under A G Mir, Inspector General of the State Criminal Investigation Department, to the State Government last year. The inmates have a "parallel administrative set up" with an 'Ameer-e-Zindaan' (chief of prison) appointed by a self-styled 'shura' (a consultative council) for six months. Former Director General of Prisons S K Mishra, who was recently shunted following the escape of Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Mohammed Naveed Jhatt on February 6, said that he had told the State Government about several communications to former Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Muneer Khan and the Deputy Inspector General for a thorough search of jail but this was not done. At a time five to 20 people remain inside to guard the 300 prisoners and it cannot be expected with this thin force to discipline the inmates with iron fist. The new wave of militancy has attracted the local youth of the 190 militants in Jammu and Kashmir, for the first time, 70 per cent are locals from well to do families and well educated, some of them Pakistan returned.

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