Militants Being Asked To Disrupt Polls, Says Army
5 May 2004
Jammu: The Army said today that it had intercepted messages from across the border asking the militant groups in Jammu and Kashmir to step up violence and spread terror in a bid to deter the people from participating in the elections. In one of the messages, militants of the Hizb-ul Mujahideen Pir Panjal Regiment (HMPPR) were told by their 'area commander' to deal sternly with civilians taking part in the democratic process. Recently, the militants had chopped off the ears of two nomads distributing election-related material in the Kalwa area of Mahore. The 'area commander' was annoyed with this and said that the militants should have chopped off their noses too. He also asked his men to disrupt election rallies and said he had received instruction from his 'commander in Pakistan to sabotage the polls.' On their part, the militants relayed a request for explosives, for use in disrupting the polls in the Udhampur parliamentary constituency on May 10.