October 2002 News

Ultras may strike again

22 October 2002
The Statesman

Jammu: Following specific Intelligence inputs that terrorists have directions from their mentors across the border to raise the level of violence in Jammu, particularly during Darbar move, the forces have been put on maximum alert in the Jammu region. “With the opening of move offices in winter capital of state, the Pakistan-sponsored terrorists will try their best to raise the level of violence by targeting civilians,” said Mr Pitamber Lal Gupta, IGP Jammu Range told reporters in Jammu. “The inputs suggest that the ultras would target public places as they want to inflict civilian casualties as much as they can”, Mr Gupta said adding that an increase in level of violence can be anticipated from the fact that during winter, the terrorists cannot stay for a longer period on the upper reaches and ultimately they have to climb down and manage to stay in populated areas. “The security threat and the Darbar move have given us enough opportunity to neutralise terrorists with the active cooperation of Intelligence agencies,” he said, adding the de-escalation of troops from the border will not mark any change in this part of the state as infiltration has been going on unabated.


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