Militants desperate to target Amarnath Yatra; Infiltration attempts record surge

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The Militant outfits operating in Jammu and Kashmir have stepped up their activities in the backdrop of forthcoming Amarnath Yatra which is commencing from June 2.  The outfits have increased their actions manifold in the last couple of months which according to the sources is a reflection of their erroneous intension of disturbing the holy Amarnath Yatra.

According to the reports available with Newspoint Bureau, this year till today i.e. June 28 a total of 74 militants were gunned down by the security forces during encounters at various places of Jammu and Kashmir.

Among these 74 slain militants 40 militants were shot down by the forces during the last two months in Kashmir as well as Jammu division of the state.  The killing of 40 militants in last 60 days has shown that the militant outfits active within or outside the state have increased their activities as earlier only 34 militants were killed in 120 days.

Though, it was believed that the activities will decline after the arrest of Tariq Ahmad Pandit (25), a top Hizbul Mujahideen leader and close aide of the terror group’s poster boy Burhan Wani, from Pulwama on 28 May, 2016, but contrary to this the terror activities are on rise especially when the annual amarnath yatra is about to begin. Pandit carried a cash reward of Rs. 3 lakh for information leading to his arrest.

The inputs of the security agencies regarding the possibility of camping or making a base camp in Jammu by the terrorists to target the holy yatra also proved true after the elimination of Tanvir Sultan in a gun battle with security forces in the Kud area of Udhampur district of Jammu on June 13, 2016.

A mobile phone and a key were recovered from the possession of the slain militant which when jointly investigated by the police and intelligence exposed the entire plan.

The investigation revealed that the mobile phone of the slain militant had remained active in Jammu for at least three months during the last winter when the civil secretariat was in Jammu by taking signals from a mobile tower around Subash Nagar and adjoining areas.

The agencies then tried the key recovered from the Tanvir Sultan’s brother at the lock of Quarter No. 404 at Government Quarters at Subash Nagar which was allotted to the brother of Tanvir namely Khurshid Ahmad, a Civil Secretariat employee and the key managed to open the lock which proved that the militant was using government quarter for camping in Jammu with the alleged involvement of his brother.

Besides this the attack on the CRPF convoy in the Pampore area of Pulwama district of Kashmir three days ago, in which 8 Jawans were killed and more than 20 were injured is also a part of the increased terror activities in recent months.

Pertinent to mention here that this was the major terror attack of the year and the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba has claimed responsibility for it.

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