U.S report lauds efforts by India to nip terror in the bud

New Delhi: A report by the US government has claimed that the Indian government has done an excellent job against terrorism. The report said that India has done a great job in identifying terrorist organizations, destroying them and reducing the threat of terrorism.

According to the report ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2021: India’ by the US Bureau of Counter Terrorism, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, North Eastern States, some areas of Central India are affected by terrorism in India. It has been said in the report that terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh are active.

According to the report, in the year 2021 it was seen that terrorist organizations have made a slight change in their strategy and now they are targeting common citizens and carrying out blasts with drones and IEDs etc. It has been claimed that in the year 2021, there were 153 terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, in which a total of 274 people including 45 security force personnel, 36 civilians and 193 terrorists died.

According to the report, there has not been much change in the terrorism affected area in India in 2021. India has strengthened intelligence agencies at the state and central levels. It states that India has made arrangements for biographic and biometric screening at the entry for the security of the ports. At the same time, X-ray screening has been done for the purpose of double checking at the airports.

It has been said in the report that India’s investigative agency NIA has punished the terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Harkat ul Jihadi Islami on the charges of arms smuggling. NIA has investigated 37 cases related to ISIS in September 2021 and arrested 168 people.

It also mentions how the Indian Army is engaged in public welfare work in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir. These include running schools, setting up medical camps and providing employment to the youth including training them, so that the youth can be prevented from becoming radicalized.

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