18th August, 2019
As the unique security lockdown and conversations blackout in Jammu and Kashmir is stripped down, the government is zeroing-in on its long-term policy to prevent any fallout from the extensive changes made to the state earlier this month. Key political leaders from the state were taken into internment, phone and internet lines fastened and curfew-like restrictions were imposed as the central government on August 5 removed Jammu and Kashmir's decades-old sovereignty and decided to split the state into two union territories.
According to sources in the Jammu and Kashmir government, the plan to prevent a breakout of potent protest involves tactics to handle four precise groups in the state.
The first batch of people, dubbed "movers and shakers" by government functionaries, "appear inoffensive, move among the intelligentsia, gather statistics but are seen encouraging violence". This could be a recommendation to the Hurriyat or mainstream politicians of Jammu and Kashmir. They will be confined and released as the government sees fit and the policy of house suspensions will continue, sources said.
The second section is that of stone-throwers and violent protesters, mostly teenage boys. The government has adopted a strategy of "community bonds" that involves 20 family members and acquaintances signing a bond that they will ensure they do not do it again.
The third category is the terrorists. The administration feels that the army will take care of the border and Line of Control across which terrorists are pushed through by Pakistan. The government also plans to review border security in Punjab and Jammu.
The fourth group of people is influencers such as religious leaders. Sources say the government will identify and observe religious leaders who are seen inciting intensity and fanning unrest. Officials will deal harshly with any such person and immediately arrest them.
Jammu and Kashmir have been on the edge for over two weeks now since the government began removing tourists and pilgrims and putting around 400 political leaders including former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti under house imprisonment.