A New Threat In Kashmir
25 August 2007
New Delhi: Militants in Jammu and Kashmir are changing their tactics and using mobile phone-triggered devices to set off explosions. Security experts and paramilitary forces such as the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are bracing themselves to tackle the new threat posed by the militant groups. 'We are closely monitoring activities of the militant groups who have started banking on mobile phone-triggered devices. So far, we have been successful in identifying and defusing such explosive devices in Jammu and Kashmir,' A.P. Maheshwari, Inspector General of Police (Operations), CRPF, said on Saturday. Security personnel were in a tizzy on Saturday when they discovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), packed with five kg of deadly explosives, a detonator and mobile phone, near the busy government resthouse in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir. Timely detection of the improvised explosive device helped defuse the device which could have caused heavy civilian casualties. 'A mobile phone-triggered device can be set off by just dialling the number or setting the phone on alarm mode. It means very little risk for the militant group and the device does not cost much to assemble,' a senior CRPF official said. Saturday's detection of the mobile phone-triggered explosive device was the fifth one this summer that was neutralised by the CRPF personnel. While convoys of VVIPs have a protection against mobile phone-triggered devices in the form of a jammer, civilians do not have any such protection. Security experts say a strong intelligence network and strengthening of information- gathering capabilities of forces are the only way to tackle the latest threat.