March 2003 News

Militancy Stepped Up After JCC Formation

23 March 2003
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Militants have stepped up their operations in Rajouri-Poonch-Gool belt of Jammu and Kashmir after formation of Joint Command Council (JCC) by nine militant outfits. 'After setting up of Joint Coordination Council (JCC) by different militant outfits in mountainous belts of Jammu, 54 persons including 23 security personnel and 19 civilians were killed in different militancy related incidents besides four bomb explosions and setting afire of 37 houses in last one week', the official sources said here today. The week saw seven major militancy related incidents, two bomb explosions in Rajouri town killed six persons and injured 52 persons, setting afire entire Neerojal village in Rajouri, suicide attack on Poonch a hotel killed five cops including a DSP and three civilians beside militant, grenade attack on house of BSP legislator at Vijaypur, suicide attack on police post at Gool killing 11 cops and four civilians and killing of six Hizb militants, including a Hindu ultra in Doda, besides selective killings, they said. 'There were incidents of slaughter also witnessed in the belt during this week', they said, adding most of the incidents took place in Rajouri-Poonch belt. The militancy has been stepped up after JCC formation by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), Al-Badr, Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Tehreek-e-Jehadi Islami (TeJI), Harkat-ul Mujahideen (HuM), Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM), Peer Panjal Regiment (PPR) and newly constituted J&K National Liberation Army (JKNLA), they said. The JCC meeting, attended by its commander Shamsher Khan alias Ali Bhai along with many other militants and chaired by the Aziz Chachal at Palandri (Pakistan occupied Kashmir), directed ultras to step up militancy in Jammu division, particularly in Rajouri-Poonch belts, the sources said. This was also confirmed by the Union Minister of State for Home Affair I D Swami here during his visit to Ind police post in Gool, where 11 policemen and four civilians were killed in a terrorist attack last week. 'The militant outfits have coordinated within themselves and carried out the joint attack on post,' he said. The JCC has been asked to engineer a major incident each day to create terror in the corridors of new coalition Government in the State, the sources said. Rupees one crore has been distributed among militants recently, they said, adding militants who will target security forces, police, engineer massacres and slaughter civilians will be paid huge rewards by the JCC. Similarly joint co-ordination councils at district level have also been formed in Doda, Udhampur districts besides Rajouri and Poonch, the sources said. The JCC has asked militants to kill or slaughter members of minority community, to cause terror, force migration and communalise the situation, they said adding others plans included killing informers, security forces personnel, Village Defence Committee members and SPOs, target convoys of security forces, police with IED landmines. Other plans included, attack passenger buses, security vehicles on highways and inter-district roads, carrying out suicide attacks on VIP targets and police posts, camps and bomb explosions at important places. (PTI)


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