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J&K children enlisted for terror attacks

J&K children enlisted for terror attacks

Author: Zaffar Iqbal/Ramesh Bali
Publication: NDTV
Date: July 30, 2006
URL: http://www.ndtv.com/template/template.asp?template=Ceasefire&slug=J%26K+children+enlisted+for+terror+attacks&id=90778&callid=1&category=National

There is a new disturbing trend emerging among militant groups, as they enlist children to carry out terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

Recently a 14-year-old boy Tipu was arrested for a grenade attack at a bus stand in the heart of Jammu that killed one person and left dozens wounded.

NDTV: How much money was given to you for throwing a grenade?

Tipu: I was given Rs 1000 for one throwing one grenade. The training given to me was that I was told couple of times how to throw a grenade, how to take out pin its and then throw it.

NDTV: Who told you?

Tipu: Abu Arbaz told me.

NDTV: Where does he live?

Tipu: He is a militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba and lives in Pakistan.

Tipu's questioning revealed another startling fact that even policemen and Army soldiers are working for militants.

Jawans under scanner

Based on his information two policemen and two army jawans were picked up for questioning from Gursai village of Poonch district.

Mother of Shakeel Ahmad, a jawan in the Indian Army's Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry unit, cannot still believe that her son is under suspicion for supporting militants.

"He is serving in the army for the last 11 years, he was here for 13 months after his brother died before joining back the duty. He has not returned ever since and we haven't seen him ever since," said Motian Bi, Ahmad's mother.

Also in deep shock is the family of Abdul Haq, another jawan picked up for questioning.

He has been in the Army for 12 years. But the army believes it is only an aberration and should not be taken as a trend.

"I don't think this incident will have an impact, an isolated incident does not make for the rest of the people branded in any fashion at all, it's one of those aberrations which may have come about. We need corrective measures to sort it out," said GoC in C Lt. Gen Deepak Kapoor.

The militants are using new tactics and deploying people who are generally above suspicion to carry out militant activities.

Clearly it's a disturbing trend and the job of detecting these people would be a challenging task for the security forces.

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