Pardeep Singh Bali
Barely days ahead of Independence Day celebrations in Jammu, army and police today conducted joint search operation at Kunjwani area following reports of movement of some suspects.
However, later it was stated that the areas has been sanitized and nothing suspicious had been found.
Meanwhile, the security arrangements have been beefed up across the region with special deployment in and around the venue of the Independence Day Celebrations-Mini Stadium in Jammu, especially after an anonymous outfit threatened to carry out series of militant attacks in different areas of Jammu.
According to sources, army today carried out search operations after some locals raised alarm of noticing some suspects around Caramel Convent School in Kujwani area on Jammu-Pathankot Highway.
“The school was closed and students were cleared following which the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of Army and Special Operation Group (SOG) of JK Police cordoned off the area and conducted search operation,” said sources.
Defense Spokesperson, Lt Col Manish Mehta confirmed that QRT and SOG had launched the search operation after army received inputs about movement of suspects in Kunjwani.
However, the JK police termed the entire exercise as routine and said that ahead of Independence Day, such mock drills are normal.
SHO Gangyal, Aijaj Ahmed said, “There is nothing to worry as it was a normal and routine exercise. There was no militant in the area”.
The search operation ended in the afternoon after the teams found nothing substantial in the area.
In view of impending militant threats, Reasi District Administration had on yesterday increased the vigil around all the religious places in the town.
Pertinently, this exercise of the army and police triggered panic among locals and parents of the students, who were seen crying.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General (IG) of Jammu, Danesh Rana, today said that high alert has been sounded in the region following inputs that the terrorists might try to infiltrate especially through Kathua and Hiranagar sectors, adding special measures have been taken as far as border management is concerned.
“15th August is a priority to us. We have already sounded high alert in the whole province in view of 15th August security arrangements. There are certain inputs, which suggest that terrorists might try to infiltrate from Indian Border especially through Kathua and Hiranagar sectors. We’ve taken special measures as far as border management is concerned,” Rana said.
He said the search operations have also been intensified in the valley.
“All that needs to be done has been done. Everything, which is required to be done, has been taken care off. We are also coordinating with the other agencies as well,” he added.
Commenting on today’s incident where the children of Carmel Convent school were evacuated following information of ‘suspicious’ movement of two people, the IG said they act on such inputs seriously, adding there was a joint operation launched by the police and army in the premises.
“We got information that suspicious movement was seen near Carmel Convent school. We take these kinds of inputs very seriously especially when we have sounded high alert in the province in view of the forthcoming Independence Day plus the Yatras which are going on,” said Rana.