Nearly 100 terrorists sneak into J&K

21 April 2009
The Hindustan Times


Srinagar: Nearly 100 militants belonging to Lashker-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen have managed to slip into Jammu and Kashmir in recent weeks, after which the authorities beefed up security around key installations in the state. The Line of Control in Kupwara and Baramulla along North Kashmir and along Rajouri in Jammu region had witnessed over a dozen infiltration bids in the past three weeks. Official sources said despite engaging terrorists at various places, nearly 80 ultras managed to enter through Shamasbari range into Bandipore area in North Kashmir and hills of Rajouri in Jammu division. The number of nearly 100 was arrived after various teams ascertained the number of infiltrations that have taken place since March 20 in Gurez, Tangdhar and Kupwara belts of North Kashmir and Rajouri, the sources said, adding, security around important places had been beefed up. One of the terrorists belonging to Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) was picked up and questioned by a multi-agency team to understand the new strategy of Pakistan’s ISI and other terror groups located in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), the sources said, adding, the arrested terrorist hails from North West Frontier Province of Pakistan (NWFP). The Army has come in for criticism and was given evidence of infiltration, the sources said.