May 2003 News

Indian Army guns for 10 more terror enclaves in J&K

26 May 2003
The Hindustan Times
Chandan Nandy

New Delhi: It was not only Hilkaka in the forests of Surankote in Jammu’s Doda district where Pakistan-trained terrorists had built bases for the past four years. There were at least 10 other places spread over the upper reaches of the Pir Panjal in the Jammu region and some inhospitable parts of the Valley where terrorists had constructed bunkers over the past few years. This information was shared by Army Chief NC Vij with the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) which met on Monday to take stock of the situation arising out of the counter- terrorist operations in Surankote. Vij was also understood to have briefed the CCS on the modalities that would be adopted to flush out terrorists from their hideouts. This appears to be the first time the CCS was told of the existence of these terror clusters. Although field officers may have brought the matter to the attention of their superiors, no counter-measures were taken. What was more surprising was that the security forces conducting counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir had very little idea about the deep penetration terrorists had achieved. Sources said the ministries of defence and home had put their act together to “go after” infiltrators. Efforts were also on to reactivate the special operations group which was merged with the state police after Mufti Mohammad Sayeed came to power.


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