May 2005 News

Terrorists Threaten Baghlihar Project

3 May 2005
The Times of India

Jammu: Security at the under-construction Baglihar project has been beefed up after intercepts revealed terrorists were planning to target it and kidnap foreigners working there, a top police official said. 'We have activated high level security set-up in and around the Baghlihar power project in Chanderkoot area of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir after intercepting militants' conversation of targeting the project,' Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Doda- Udhampur range, Satvir Gupta said. 'Hizbul Mujahideen intercepts by the state police revealed that they were planning to target the project site and their main target could be to kidnap foreigners working there,' he said. Besides throwing a security blancket around the project, all the six foreigners working at the Rs 7000 crore project have been provided with special security cover, he said. 'Each has been given a personal security officer (pso) and security pickets have also been established in the residential area of these engineers,' the DIG said. About a fortnight back the Union Power Ministry had also apprised the state government that it had received a note from the Prime Minister's Office that militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen was planning a suicide attack on the project. Gupta said plain clothes security personnel had been deployed to keep an eye on the activities of suspicious persons.


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