May 2003 News

Other Areas In J&K Too Need Surgical Operations

25 May 2003
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: Even as the army in Jammu and Kashmir was clearing 'Hill Kaka' area in Surankote district off hundreds of militants, security agencies were pressing for similar operations in other areas of the insurgency-hit State. The army is understood to have been ignoring the repeated advisories from the intelligence bureau which had been stressing to clear off the area of nearly 400 foreign mercenaries camping at the Hill Kaka feature. The sources said the militants were ruling the area and the nomads located there were virtually following their diktats because of the fear of gun. Now after the operation 'Sarp Vinash' was at its fag end in the Surankote district, the secutity agencies were pressing for similar operations in higher reaches of Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur and Doda in Jammu region. The surgical operations were also needed for higher reaches in Kupwara and upper Lolab, where the agencies suspect presence of a large number of militants, especially foreign mercenaries, the sources said. The intelligence bureau has been raising the issue at all meetings with the army as there was concrete information about the presence of militants. The sources said that immediately after the Nadimarg incident, security agencies had flashed another urgent message to army about carrying out surgical operations in Shopian in south Kashmir. It may be mentioned that IB team based in Shopian was attacked recently by militants while they were going to their base. (PTI)


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