October 2007 News

Militants Planned To Hit New Rail Link

7 October 2007
The Indian Express

Budgam: The nine infiltrators, who were killed by the Army near the Line of Control (LoC) in Ringwari village of Tangmarg, had plans to blow up railway tracks in the state and other parts of the country, documents seized from the slain militants revealed. The Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, who had sneaked into the Valley through the Gulmarg sector, were intercepted by the Army's 34 Rashtriya Rifles at Ringwari village near LoC. All the nine infiltrators, along with two Army Majors, were killed in the encounter that lasted 30 hours. A diary, containing details about railway tracks in the state, was recovered from the slain militants. 'This is a proof that the militants had been assigned to blow up railway tracks in the state,' Defence Spokesman Anil Mathur told The Indian Express. 'We are analysing the documents, especially related to the blowing of railway tracks,' Mathur added. Mathur said the group had big sabotage plans. 'At this stage we can't say whether the militants had a plan to blow up any particular railway track in the state or elsewhere in the country. But, they had plans and it could have been the tracks of the newly-laid Srinagar-Budgam railway line,' he said. The documents have been sent to the special unit of Military Intelligence (MI). This is, in fact, the first time when documents seized from the militants have revealed plans regarding sabotaging rail service. Written in Urdu, the diary contains a sketch of railway tracks and a detailed description how to plant a bomb or an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). It also carries special instructions on manufacturing of powerful bombs and also how to remove railway tracks. 'At least 30 meter of railway track should be removed for derailing any train,' it read. 'We are taking the contents of the dairy seriously and proper investigation will be carried out,' Mathur said.


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