Cyber crimes, radical groups killing people on the name of religion and saving cows and left-wing extremism (LWE) are among the biggest security threats the country is facing today. This was stated by former Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra at the first K P S Gill memorial lecture organised by Punjab police at Indian School of Business on Thursday.
Vohra said that the radical groups are using the cyber space to sabotage the country’s security and spreading terror. “The cyber crime is the new ‘non-military’ challenge to the country’s security,” he said.
He mentioned that while he was the governor of Jammu and Kashmir, he came across a case when a man in Andhra Pradesh contacted two Kashmiri youths through internet and prepared them to become militants.
Vohra added killing people in the name of cow slaughter has affected businesses in the recent past,” he said.
About the militancy problem in Kashmir, Vohra said that Pakistan, encouraged with its efforts of spreading militancy in Punjab, shifted its focus to Jammu and Kashmir where it started the proxy war in 1989.
“The situation in Kashmir is worsening since 2012. We are managing the war in the state on a day-to-day basis, but nowhere near to stop it. The enemy keeps changing the tactics and the armed forces are capable of giving it a befitting reply,” Vohra said, replying to a question regarding killing of Indian army personnel by snipers.
Giving his suggestions to strengthen the security in the country, Vohra said that there is a need of a pan-India network.
Vohra also said that less budget for police is the problem in strengthening the forces across the country. “Jammu and Kashmir government spends only 0.01 per cent of the total budget. Political interference is also a big reason,” Vohra said.
Vohra later replied to the queries of the police officers present in the lecture.
About his working days with Gill, Vohra said that his tenure as the police chief in the state was exemplary in those days.