THE regularity with which the law enforcing agencies have been discovering dens of the extremist groups along with large quantity of weapons, incendiary and explosive materials is worrying. But one must give plaudits to the police for their successes in this regard.
We hope the competence with which law enforcers are unearthing the dens of the extremists will eventually deter spread of their tentacles.
The fact that extremists groups continue to remain active in the country cannot be lost on the administration and the policy makers in the government. In spite of the fact that the law enforcing agencies have been very successful in preempting these elements over the last several years, the extremists seem to be surviving, and this must be effectively deterred. Alongside the manpower, they are also apparently quite well funded to be able to survive, and one could say with certain degree of accuracy that a good deal of violence that we witnessed in the nearly two months of the so called blockade and hartal has been perpetrated by these groups.
Along with the successes on the ground the two things that the government must place priority on are to find out the masterminds that run these groups, because those that have been arrested in connection with these cases are only ground operatives, and the sources of their funds. These require to be done quickly to stem the extremist recruitment and activities in a fuller measure.