Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
JAMMU: Police and security agencies have sounded a red alert in the summer capital of Jammu following two calls to Police Control Room (PCR) indicating possibility of a suicide terror attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp around the festival of Lohri.
Highly-placed authoritative sources revealed to STATE TIMES that the Police learned on Friday that some terrorists were planning a suicide attack on a paramilitary encampment in Jammu any time from Friday evening to Saturday morning. According to these sources, someone from mobile phone number 9797243524 called another person and told him that terrorists could possibly launch a fidayeen attack on a CRPF camp in Jammu.
Earlier in the day, another suspected terrorist or someone privy to the terrorist plans told his acquaintance Basit Shah that terrorists could attack a CRPF camp in Jammu on the night intervening Friday and Saturday.
Subsequently, at least four mobile phones were placed under surveillance and all of their telephonic conversations were recorded and scanned thoroughly along with call detail record of last several days. One of the mobile phones, from which an incriminating call originated, was found in the name of some Lateef Hakbara. Police suspect the subscriber to be a resident of Hakbara village of Sumbal, in Bandipore district of Kashmir. He could not be contacted as his phone was switched off continuously for several hours.
“There’s a possibility of these calls being prank but we can’t take any chance”, said a senior officer. He said that different cells of J&K Police in coordination with one another were sifting through antecedents and CDR of the four identified persons. “In a day or two we will be able to solve this mystery but, as of now, we have sounded an alert and beefed up surveillance and security around all Police, military and paramilitary camps in Jammu”, said the officer.
According to the officer, Jaish-e-Mohammad commanders, buoyed by the December 31, 2017, attack on a CRPF camp in Awantipora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, could be planning a “news making operation” in Jammu. Apart from a number of strikes on Srinagar-Jammu highway, Jaish had previously carried out two major fidayeen attacks at Dina Nagar and Pathankot in Punjab besides one in Uri.
However, Sumbal-Hajan belt of North Kashmir has been a hub of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba terrorists in the last two years. Before a number of attacks in Valley in 2016 and 2017, LeT on August 5, 2015, had carried out a fidayeen attack on a BSF convoy near Samroli, close to Udhampur- headquarters of Army’s Northern Command- killing two paramilitaries. One of the Pakistani terrorist, Mohammad Naved, had been captured alive while as another got killed in the encounter.
Introduced with a major strike on BSF 11th Sector headquarters at Maddar, Bandipore, in July 1999, all the fidayeen attacks, with the exception of one outside 15 Corps headquarters in the year 2000, have been executed by Pakistani cadres of LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Al-badar outfits. A class 10th student Afaq Shah had blown up himself in a car bomb explosion at Batwara Gate of 15 Corps, causing injuries to two soldiers. However, it is for the first time that two Kashmiri youths of Tral and Rajpora areas were found among the three suicide terrorists in Awantipora on January 1, 2018.
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