August 2002 News

Militants told to target one politician a day in J&K

3 August 2002
The Times of India

New Delhi: In a bid to sabotage the coming Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan-based militant groups have directed their cadres in the state to target one politician every day. Official sources said that intercepts suggesting an increase in violence were being received on a daily basis, but after the announcement of poll schedule on Thursday, security agencies stumbled upon an intercept which directed militants to target one politician every day. Efforts were on to assess the threat perception of ruling National Conference workers, who were falling prey to militant violence. The sources said that several militant organisations, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e- Mohammed had directed their cadres to carry out blasts at offices of various poitical parties and discourage anyone who came for voting. Some of the outfits have even formed special outfits to attack politicians. ''Al-Jabbar'' outfit has been formed by the Jamiat-ul- Mujahideen (JuM) to target politicians. However, following this, security agencies have geared up their action against the militant outfits and their sympathisers to frustate their attempts. Meanwhile, another militant outfit Tehreek-ul-Jehad has directed the Hurriyat Conference to launch an effective campaign against the polls.


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