JAMMU: While the Centre is planning “big” to tackle Pak sponsored terrorism in the “out of control” Kashmir Valley”, the terrorist activities may take driver’s seat with revival of anti-national activities in the ‘militancy-free’ declared Jammu region.
Jammu and Kashmir Police Department recently claimed to have busted a Lashkar module with the arrest of seven persons, including two SPOs in Gandoh area of Doda district, who executed firing at Tanta Police Post in which two police personnel got injured and later one succumbed but the incident cannot be taken on lighter mode in the days to come. If intelligence sources are to be believed, busting of LeT module in the hilly terrain may be a lone incident that came to fore but the security forces apart from Kashmir, have also to remain more alert in the ‘peaceful’ Jammu region as focus can shift to this region with Kashmir becoming target of security forces, including the army, aiming at normalising the situation.
“LeT module operating in Doda followed two major happening like recovery of huge cache of arms and ammunition and a mysterious blast in a car with local made explosives, raised eye brows for the security agencies and they have to remain on tenterhook besides chalking out fresh strategy to timely nip the bud,” sources asserted.
In 2013, Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed that six districts of Jammu region were almost free of militancy but security grid was being strengthened as presence of 15 to 20 terrorists could not be ruled out.
Police then claimed that Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Doda, Reasi and Udhampur were completely rid of militancy but there were hardly 15 to 20 active terrorists, some of them could be the foreign mercenaries in Kishtwar and Ramban districts and boundary lines of twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch.
“Undoubtedly joint operation soon in the Kashmir valley may upset the terrorists operating but orders from supreme bosses issuing directions to them from other side of the border, will shift them to Jammu region, which according to police and para-military forces have no signs of militancy at present,” sources added.
However, in 2015, State Crime Branch, officially in a document, claimed that as many as 11 Police districts in the State were completely militancy-free even as 90 terrorists were “active” in the Valley and 15 more in Jammu division.
In a ‘Crime Gazette 2014’ released by the then Police Chief K Rajindera claimed that by the end of 2014, total number of the “active militants” had reduced to the all-time low of 105.
Significantly, it records, that not a single “active militant” exists in Kashmir’s Budgam, Ganderbal and Bandipore districts besides Jammu division’s Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Poonch, Doda and Samba districts.
Crime Gazette also said that there were total of 832 OGWs in Kashmir-247 in Central Kashmir, 361 in North Kashmir and 224 in South Kashmir.
In Jammu division, there were 772 OGWs-maximum of 210 in Reasi, 141 in Doda, 133 in Kishtwar but not a single in Jammu and Samba districts.
“With opening of passes in view of summer season, infiltration bids amid ceasefire violations by the Pakistan may give fresh impetus to terrorist related activities in the Jammu region,” sources said.
They further added that recently HM terrorist Niseer Ahmed of Banihal was arrested at Indo-Nepal Border and incident of Gandoh where over ground workers (OGWs) and released, surrendered terrorists have been found involved for launching attack on police post, is a sufficient eye opener for the security agencies.
“Recovery of arms ammunition at Kishtwar indicates that attempts are being made by Pakistan to revive old contacts in Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban Range,” sources said, adding that opening of ‘dhoks’ in summer season, could be of great help from local populace to the foreign mercenaries.
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