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Checking recruitments can tackle militancy

By R Dutta Choudhury

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 � The leaders of the militant groups cannot sustain their organizations by staying abroad if they cannot recruit new cadres to replace the ones eliminated or arrested. This fact is proved in Punjab, which is now one of the most peaceful states of the country despite the fact that the top leaders of the militant groups are still in Pakistan but they failed to recruit new cadres.

Highly placed Punjab Police sources here told The Assam Tribune that several factors can be attributed to the restoration of peace in Punjab and clear cut policy of the Government of India in dealing with the situation also helped.

Sources revealed that the leaders of the militant groups are still abroad and though they are still trying to revive the outfits, their attempts have not been successful as they have not been able to recruit new cadres and the public support to the outfits also waned.

Police said that top leaders of one of the most prominent pro-Khalistan outfits, Babbar Khalsa International including Wadhawa Singh and Mehel Singh, senior leader of Khalistan Commando Force Paramjit Singh Panjwar and leader of International Sikh Youths Lakhbir Singh Rode are still in Pakistan. However, they have not been able to revive their organizations despite getting assistance from Pakistan.

Replying to a question as to how militancy in Punjab could be contained, sources said that clear cut policy of the Government of India was one of the main factors for the improvement of the situation while, professionalism of the police force was one of the key factors. The Government made it clear that it would not talk with anyone demanding Independent Khalistan and the police and security forces launched an all out offensive against the militants.

Another major factor which led to the downfall of the militant groups is waning of the public support. The militants started targeting the innocent family members of the police personnel in 1989-90 and the common people did not support it, which started alienating the militants from the common masses. As a result of such attacks against their family members, the police personnel launched a do or die battle against the militants, which led to elimination of a number of leaders and cadres of the militant groups. Sources pointed out that no militant group can survive without direct or indirect support of the masses and that is exactly what happened in Punjab.

The police force also received all kinds of support from the Government in dealing with the situation and a number of bullet proof vehicles and weapons were provided, while, even tractors were fortified for launching operations in the remote areas where other police vehicles could not move.

Moreover, there were very good cooperation between the police and security forces engaged in the counter-insurgency operations and the police force led the operations while the Army and other central forces played the supporting role to perfection.

Sources pointed out that at the peak of militancy in Punjab, the level of violence in the state was much higher than in Assam and other parts of North East and it is an established fact that the Punjab militants were getting direct patronage from Pakistan, which the leaders of the militant groups are still getting.

However, there is one major difference as underdevelopment was not the main reason for growth of militancy in Punjab as was the case in Assam. When militancy was at its peak, Punjab still remained one of the most developed states and the militant groups were not indulging in large scale extortions as is the case in Assam.

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Checking recruitments can tackle militancy

CHANDIGARH, Oct 10 � The leaders of the militant groups cannot sustain their organizations by staying abroad if they cannot recruit new cadres to replace the ones eliminated or arrested. This fact is proved in Punjab, which is now one of the most peaceful states of the country despite the fact that the top leaders of the militant groups are still in Pakistan but they failed to recruit new cadres.

Highly placed Punjab Police sources here told The Assam Tribune that several factors can be attributed to the restoration of peace in Punjab and clear cut policy of the Government of India in dealing with the situation also helped.

Sources revealed that the leaders of the militant groups are still abroad and though they are still trying to revive the outfits, their attempts have not been successful as they have not been able to recruit new cadres and the public support to the outfits also waned.

Police said that top leaders of one of the most prominent pro-Khalistan outfits, Babbar Khalsa International including Wadhawa Singh and Mehel Singh, senior leader of Khalistan Commando Force Paramjit Singh Panjwar and leader of International Sikh Youths Lakhbir Singh Rode are still in Pakistan. However, they have not been able to revive their organizations despite getting assistance from Pakistan.

Replying to a question as to how militancy in Punjab could be contained, sources said that clear cut policy of the Government of India was one of the main factors for the improvement of the situation while, professionalism of the police force was one of the key factors. The Government made it clear that it would not talk with anyone demanding Independent Khalistan and the police and security forces launched an all out offensive against the militants.

Another major factor which led to the downfall of the militant groups is waning of the public support. The militants started targeting the innocent family members of the police personnel in 1989-90 and the common people did not support it, which started alienating the militants from the common masses. As a result of such attacks against their family members, the police personnel launched a do or die battle against the militants, which led to elimination of a number of leaders and cadres of the militant groups. Sources pointed out that no militant group can survive without direct or indirect support of the masses and that is exactly what happened in Punjab.

The police force also received all kinds of support from the Government in dealing with the situation and a number of bullet proof vehicles and weapons were provided, while, even tractors were fortified for launching operations in the remote areas where other police vehicles could not move.

Moreover, there were very good cooperation between the police and security forces engaged in the counter-insurgency operations and the police force led the operations while the Army and other central forces played the supporting role to perfection.

Sources pointed out that at the peak of militancy in Punjab, the level of violence in the state was much higher than in Assam and other parts of North East and it is an established fact that the Punjab militants were getting direct patronage from Pakistan, which the leaders of the militant groups are still getting.

However, there is one major difference as underdevelopment was not the main reason for growth of militancy in Punjab as was the case in Assam. When militancy was at its peak, Punjab still remained one of the most developed states and the militant groups were not indulging in large scale extortions as is the case in Assam.