September 2004 News

J&K Ultras To Help Friends From Across Border

21 September 2004
The Pioneer

Jammu: Terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir are planning to step up their activities in the coming months with security forces as their main target. The Intelligence agencies have gathered reports that the terrorists in the state have been instructed from across the border to stay cool as the focus at the moment is on getting in as many terrorists from Pakistan as possible before winter sets in. Senior security officials revealed on condition of anonymity that the terrorist groups are under instruction from their higher ups in Pakistan to lie low and help in infiltration of their associates. Those already present in the hinterland have been asked to build up logistics - shelters, food, guides and identify targets. As per the details given by the Chief of Army Staff General N C Vij there are about 800 terrorists operating in the state. This is by far the least number operating at any time in the state since the terrorism peaked here. Of this, there are only 250 in the border district of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu. Most of them were foreigners- Pakistanis and a few Afghanis. The terrorists have been asked to remain quiet in the districts like Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu and Baramulla and Kupwara in Kashmir valley because these are the traditional infiltration routes. 'They (terrorists) feel that attacks on security forces will put them on high alert that may prove hindrance to the infiltration', said an official. Despite the fencing around the Line of Control (LoC) the infiltration has continued. Besides fencing the army has put sophisticated gadgets that sense the terrorist movement from across. But there are loopholes like unfenced nullahs and riverbeds and difficult mountain terrain. On top of this the terrorists have reportedly been trained to cut the barbed wire fence to create a way to wade in. Meanwhile, sources said that the terrorists were targeting civilians in an attempt to intimidate them. The locals' support is required by the terrorists in the form of shelter, food and guides. 'It is easier when the civilians are intimidated', he noted. The terrorists have off-late stepped up their attacks on civilians in the districts that fall under the infiltration routes. These civilians- including aged, women and children have been brutally killed, maimed or disfigured to terrorise them. The incidents of slaughtering civilians have increased. The common pretext of doing this has been that the terrorists suspected them to be informers of security forces. Based on these reports, the security forces are busy planning counter-insurgency operations and putting high security measures in place.


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