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The India Army has started using “through the wall radars” to catch terrorists during counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir. The radar which had been imported from the United States and Israel is used widely by the security forces to catch terrorists who find a place in houses.
The radar helps the army to pinpoint the location of terrorists, who hide behind specially created walls or in underground cavities in houses during combing operations. According to a report, some of the Army formations have started using these imported radar systems in Kashmir.
The need for these types of hi-tech radars came before India Army after the forces and Jammu and Kashmir police failed to locate terrorists during the combing operations. Whenever troops are unable to trace terrorists after combing operation they have to face hostile crowds and stone-pelters.
A year ago, when Burhan Wani, a poster boy of Hizbul Mujahideen was gunned down by security forces. During this operation, a search party was formed by the security forces to find terrorists holed up in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Despite credible tipoff, the search team was unable to find any terrorists at a house, who were hiding in a false ceiling. During the third round of the searches carried out by security forces, the hiding terrorists came out in the open by firing at security forces. After which, three men, including Burhan Wani, were shot dead. After the death of Burhan Wani, the Valley witnessed a series of unrest.
According to Times of India, the microwave radiation from these radar systems can detect the presence to human being hiding behind walls or any such concrete barriers.
After 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, a Bengaluru-based laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) started working on such hand-held radars which helped commandos to find terrorists hiding behind the rooms.