August 2002 News

LeT, JeM fidayeens plan to disturb I-Day function

14 August 2002
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: As many as 40 foreign mercenaries belonging mainly to the pro- Pakistan militant outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad have sneaked into the Kashmir valley to carry out suicide or Fidayeen attacks to disrupt Independence Day celebrations and the election process in Jammu and Kashmir, a top police official said here today. ''Four Fidayeen squads of ten militants each belonging to LeT and JeM have sneaked into Srinagar city to carry out sensational Fidayeen attacks on vital Government and security installations on the eve of Independence Day and the forthcoming assembly polls'', Inspector General of Police K Rajindra said here. Among those who the police was specially looking for included Ghazi Baba, an area commander of JeM, and suspected mastermind of the December 13 attack on Parliament, in central Kashmir, he said. On top of the hit list of Fidayeen squads was Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah followed by important civil and defence installations, including Radio Kashmir and Civil Secretariat here, he added. According to intelligence reports the suicide squads have worked out the details of their attacks, he said adding that the militants would either make Fidayeen assaults or go in for heavy and deadly attacks with rifle grenades. The IGP further said that groups like Hizbul Mujahideen, the Jamiat- ul-Mujahideen, the Al-Umar Mujahideen and the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen were likely to utilise every means to disrupt August 15 functions and the poll process. Police and intelligence agencies have received reports that the foreign militants, who have slipped into the city, have contacted released militants and are reactivating them, Rajindra said. He said the released and surrendered militants are, therefore being kept under close surveillance. Strict orders have been issued to the security forces to intensify their operations so as to preclude the threatened Fidayeen attacks, he added. Security would be tightened further throughout the Valley in view of the militants plans to eliminate political leaders and activists, the IGP said, adding that militants had compiled extensive lists of politicians they wanted to get rid of.


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