April 2003 News

Top JKLF Leader Detained Ahead Of PM's J&K Visit

17 April 2003
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: Hours ahead of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's arrival in Srinagar, police on Friday detained JKLF Vice President Javid Ahmad Mir when he tried to take out a procession of activists of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons. Policemen, who were on high alert for Vajpayee's visit and deployed in strength in the city, detained the separatist leader when he came out of a local hotel in the heart of Srinagar on Friday morning, official sources said. Mir has been lodged in Kothibagh police station, the sources said adding he wanted to create a law and order problem coinciding with Vajpayee's two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir starting on Friday. LeT plans to disrupt PM's visit Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir were on Thursday put on high alert following two wireless intercepts that terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were planning to carry out a suicide attack during the two-day visit of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee beginning on Friday. Security agencies intercepted a message sent from across the border by a LeT terrorist saying he would carry out the attack during Vajpayee's visit, especially targetting his public functions in the valley. The Army intelligence intercepted another cross-border message by LeT calling for a 'high-profile' action during the prime minister's visit to Qazigund in South Kashmir where he would be laying foundation of a railway bridge and a railway reservation centre.


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