Trans-border smugglers as guides to militants
2 September 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
JAMMU: Trans-border smugglers are acting as guides to militants for infiltration into Jammu areas via Line of Control and International Border (IB), a senior police official has said.These smugglers also help militants to find temporary shelters, commit acts of sabotage and then return to Pakistan, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu R R Swain told mediapersons here on Saturday night.He said since Pakistan''s Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) has not been able to find encouraging results from locals here, they have changed their modus operandi and started sending militants directly from Pakistan.Besides, militants from hinterland like Kashmir valley and Doda district were continuously trying to create hideouts and then with the help of harbourers, indulge in violence.Admitting that there has been increase in militancy- related crime in the Jammu district, Swain said during last three months ending August, six militancy- related incidents, including the one at the railway station, have taken place in the district. Eight militants were killed by the police in various encounters in the incidents, three of them arrested and a huge quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives recovered.The recoveries included five AK rifles with its 20 magazines and 617 rounds, nine pistols with its 16 magazines and 32 rounds, three rocket launchers, 19 handgrenades, 24 rifle grenades, 14 time pencil bombs, two grenade launchers 10.50 kgs of RDX and ten detonators.The SSP said various steps have been taken and some are in the pipeline to contain militancy in the winter capital which includes mobile patrolling in the city during vulnerable hours, further strengthening of nakas around city and main roads and deployment of flying squads with modern equipment to repulse fidayeen (suicidal) attacks.He said various voluntary organisations like civil defence and young blood organisation have been involved in preventive policing and their checking at nakas have yeilded positive results.The owners-managers of various hotels, inns have been directed to get identity of their customers ascertained so that no militant gets shelter or cause any act of sabotage.Besides, better coordination and cooperation with sister organisations, including army and para-military forces is being maintained, he added.The SSP said some of the priority programmes being pursued are improvement of police-public relations, further strengthening of village defence committees by providing them better weaponry and effective communication system and developing and building up image of police as secular and impartial for dispensing justice.