Unabashed attack injures 11 in India’s restive Kashmir, 5 terrorists killed
February 11, 2019 | Brainwave Science
11 people have gotten injured in Srinagar, in Jammu and Kashmir State of India, on Sunday. A grenade was hurled by suspected terrorists at a police team. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were patrolling Lal Chowk, a prominent locality of Srinagar, which happens to be the capital of the state.
The area has been vacated and sealed. The search for the suspected terrorists is ongoing. According to the police officials, some unknown persons hurled a grenade on police party near Palladium lane. The injured persons include three CRPF personnel, four Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police personnel and four civilians. All of them have been taken to a local hospital for treatment and the area has been surrounded to carry out searches.
Earlier in the day, five militants were killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district. Kulgam happens to be around 70 kilometres away from Srinagar. Defence Ministry spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said the five were killed in Kelam village. The police are in the process of determining the identity of the militants. Arms and ammunition have been recovered from the killed militants. The security forces started a cordon and search operation in the village, following specific information about the presence of militants. As the cordon became narrower, the militants fired at the security forces, triggering an encounter, police added.
The insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir or the Kashmiri Insurgency is a conflict between various Kashmiri separatists and the Government of India. Some groups that demand the independence of Kashmir, while others ask Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan. The insurgents are mostly Islamist and believe in Jihad. The official figures say that 3,400 disappearance cases and the conflict has left more than 47,000 people dead. This includes 7,000 police personnel as of July 2009.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has seen all sorts of conflict. In the summer of 1991 young men roamed the streets with assault rifles. There were Kalashnikovs and chants of ‘freedom’ emanating from public demonstrations. Broadly, there were two groups of revolutionaries which emerged and had conflicting demands. There were the ones who wanted Kashmir to be independent(JKLF) and the ones who wanted its accession to Pakistan(HM). It is alleged that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) supported the HM in attacks against the JKLF, by providing lethal weapons and training since the 1980s. At the same time, The ISI cut off funding to JKLF and caused splits and defections in the groups. The HM then embarked on a campaign of killing pro-independence fighters and assassinating prominent pro-independence political and religious figures.
In 2018, the death toll for militants and security forces in Kashmir touched the highest point in a decade, according to official figures, with more than 324 killed. Human rights groups put the civilian fatalities at over 100. None of the experts believes that the situation will improve in the short term.
The Government of India needs to weed out the militants from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The innocent residents of the state deserve to live in a peaceful environment, which has been denied to them for almost 28 years.
An all-out military offensive against the militant groups will result in a lot of casualties on both sides. If it is assisted with modern intelligence gathering mechanisms then there is a huge possibility of saving more human lives, money and time in the fight against extremism and fundamentalism. The conflict of Kashmir is detrimental for peace and development for both India and Pakistan.
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Moreover, iCognative is a technology which can help understand the position and rank of the arrested person in his or her criminal/terrorist organization. This information is priceless as it helps decipher the hierarchy of that organization. Moreover, high-value individuals amongst the arrested can be discovered by using iCognative.
There are popular techniques like DNA, fingerprinting and polygraph (Lie-detector) tests. The drawback is that DNA and fingerprinting are time-consuming, and the samples/evidence is only uncovered in 1-2% of all cases. Moreover, polygraph tests are highly subjective, this means that if the same test subject is tested by two different polygraphists, then the results can be entirely different. At the same time, iCognative is centuries ahead as it is not only applicable in 85-90% of all cases, be it civil or criminal, but also that it is more than 99% accurate in its results. The beauty lies in the fact that the results are reliable and there is an absence of any false-negatives or false-positives. This means that the law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies can be sure that if a person’s test-outcome says ‘information absent’ then he or she has highly likely to know nothing about the crime. Similarly, if the outcome says ‘information present’, then they can confidently continue interrogating him or her and consider him a likely suspect. iCognative requires simple hardware for conducting the test. It includes a specialized headset which measures brain responses to crime-related images, words, or phrases (also called stimuli) and relays it to the computer where they are instantaneously analyzed. It is easy to deploy and even easier to learn to operate. It is highly customizable, both in terms of language and functionality. There is no need for the use of torture or coercion to conduct a iCognative test.
The security forces must arrest suspects in this case of terrorism. Also, they must conduct an investigation. Once done, the suspects can be made to undergo the iCognative test. The stimuli which must be used for these tests can be details of HM, JKLF, ISIS propaganda material, insignia, names and pictures of their commanders to detect if the suspect belongs to any of these groups, confidential details of recent terror attacks to detect their involvement, pictures of known militants in a specific terror organization to find out the rank and position of the suspect, etc.
The Intelligence agencies are faced with a huge challenge of state-wide terrorism and a threat of a Civil war. They can benefit hugely by using the modern technology offered by Brainwave Science to gain intel and help curb militancy in Kashmir.
Main Source: IndiaToday
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