Kashmir police foil plot to kill Azad
13 April 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police claim to have foiled a plot to assassinate Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad with the arrest of three people, including a couple. Police say two suicide bombers were to infiltrate the rally of the chief minister in Ramban, 150 km north of Jammu, Thursday armed with grenades and AK-47 rifles and target Azad and others.Information about the plot started trickling in after a wireless intercept about a possible attack.The couple, Farooq Ahmad Wani and his wife, who were working as guides for the terrorists, were first arrested Thursday. Their disclosures led to the arrest of one of the suspected militants, police say. 'Though the terrorist is denying being part of the plot, circumstantial evidence is corroborating everything and pointing to him,' a senior official told IANS. Police are on the lookout for the other terrorist who was to attack the rally.The chief minister's function went on smoothly. He inaugurated Ramban as a new district Thursday and also addressed the rally. The programme passed off peacefully. Azad has been on the hit list of terrorists for hard-line policies against terrorism and for his stand that troops will not be reduced till the situation improves in the militancy-wracked state. Terrorists had attacked a political rally in Srinagar May 21 last year that was to be attended by Azad. Two militants had killed nine people and wounded more than 50. A delay 15 minutes by the chief minister that day saved his life.