Security Put On High Alert In J&K

28 November 2008
Kashmir Times

Srinagar: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have been put on high alert after the Mumbai attacks. Police and other security agencies have been asked to remain vigilant to avoid any untoward incident. Meanwhile, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) denied the allegation of government that it is behind the attack. Senior police officers said that the security grid has been tightened around the vital installations in and around Srinagar and Jammu capital cities and directions have been issued for closer look at all entry and exit points. 'We do not have any input of attack by the militants, but after Mumbai we too have to be extra vigilant,' said a senior police officer here in Srinagar. He said a wing of police has been asked to keep close eye on telephone conversation. 'We have to verify the conversations for our investigations after the Mumbai attacks,' he said. The police officer added that as yet there is no such intercept that can prove there is any link between the people involved in Mumbai attack and Kashmiri militants. There are reports that police has started surprise checks at different hotels in Srinagar city and police was seen checking the identity proof of locals. The hotel management has been asked to maintain the records of the people staying. In Jammu region reports said that police parties are paying surprise visits to a number of hotels in different localities of Jammu city including Railway station, bus-stand and Jewel and is checking the rooms etc. The owners have been directed to report the police about any suspicious movement or person, if found so. A senior police officer from Jammu told this newspaper over phone that apart from routine checking and vigil, they are focusing on the places frequently visited by the people. The ever crowded markets are being sensitised and police patrolling in and around the city has been intensified. He further added that Railway Police Force and Government Railway Police along with para military staff have been directed to check the incoming and outgoing passengers. The public in general has been told to take precautions and remain cautious in crowded market places in the evening hours. Meanwhile , Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) denied hand in Mumbai attack and has condemned the act and has termed it an act against humanity. In a tele-statement to a local news agency, the spokesman of LeT, Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi said that his outfit condemns any such attack in civilian areas. 'We do not have any hand behind the attack as is being claimed by some security agencies,' he said adding, 'We are only being named with an attempt to defame the ongoing freedom struggle in Jammu and Kashmir.'