Hizb Threat Shadows Manmohan Singh's Visit To Jammu And Kashmir

27 October 2009
Times of India


New Delhi: The Prime Minister's visit to the Kashmir valley has come under the Hizbul Mujahideen's shadow. The Centre has directed security forces to step up vigil across Jammu and Kashmir following Intelligence inputs that Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin has asked his cadres to step up violence ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the state. A senior home ministry official said Intelligence agencies have intercepted communications between Hizbul headquarters in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and cadres operating in Kashmir which suggested that Salahuddin was very upset over the killing of top Hizb militant Omer Maviya and wanted revenge. The Prime Minister will undertake a two-day visit to the state on October 28 and 29 during which he will inaugurate the Anantnag-Qazigund section of the Kashmir rail link project. According to the intercepts, Salahuddin directed his cadres to step up violence as much as possible ahead of the Prime Minister's visit and disrupt his programmes. 'We have shared the input with the Jammu and Kashmir government and asked the security forces to heighten vigil to ensure peace in the state,' the official said. Security forces have been deployed in all sensitive areas and searched are also being carried out in specific pockets to flush out militants. The home ministry also told the security forces to continue their operations against the militants in the state even after Singh's visit.