The Kashmir Tigers Are Armed And Dangerous

The J&K Police have named ‘Kashmir Tigers’, a little-known militant outfit, in the biggest attack on security forces since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.

The attack on a police bus in Srinagar on December 13, 2021 left three dead and 11 injured, several of them grievously.

The name of Kashmir Tigers first surfaced in January this year, with police calling it a shadow group of the Jaish-e-Mohammad. In June, the outfit claimed responsibility for a grenade attack in South Kashmir.

Since the August 2019 change, police have blamed several new militant outfits such as Kashmir Tigers in attacks.

At least two of them, The Resistance Front (TRF) and People Against Fascist Forces (PAFF), have come up prominently, seemingly relegating the Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish to the background. The name of another outfit, the United Liberation Front, has also come up.

Security forces say there is a visible change in the nomenclature of these militant outfits – from names that had religious connotations to names that are “secular” in nature.