Kashmir on high alert after intelligence agencies warning of terror attack


SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Valley is on high alert once again, after intelligence agencies warned of an imminent terror attack on the highway. Security was beefed up across major towns, and personnel were deployed in strength.

Checking of vehicles and frisking of people were both intensified.

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The alert was issued last night which suggested that militants may use a motorbike to carry out a blast on the highway to target security forces. The input suggested that the blast may be carried out between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. along NH-44.

“The inputs also suggested probable areas for the blast, and said Batwara and Tatoo Ground are particularly vulnerable. These areas need special attention. However, other areas along the highway also remain possible target spots,” said intelligence agencies.

In view of the input, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir had directed that since there was movement of election forces towards Srinagar today and convoys were delayed and asked to start after 9 a.m.

The convoy movement was asked to be allowed only after clearance by the SHOs about no movement of civilian traffic especially mortar bikes. “Also it is a Sunday and the rules regarding no civilian movement on the highway be implemented strictly”, reads the advisory.

The polling officials are in Kashmir because Srinagar and Udhampur will go to the polls on April 18. Baramulla and Jammu already voted in the first phase of polling on April 11. Around 57.31 per cent turnout was recorded in the first phase, with Baramulla recording 34.61 per cent and Jammu recording 72.16 per cent turnout.

“Only after all the SHOs give an order regarding clearing of the highways (especially to clarify that no motorcycles are plying there), will the convoy start after 9 am,” the intelligence agencies said.

On April 3, the Jammu and Kashmir government had issued an order banning civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, ranging from Baramulla to Udhampur every Sunday and Wednesday. These two days were to be reserved exclusively for the movement of security forces’.

Meanwhile, acting on credible inputs, Pulwama police along with security forces busted a terrorist hideout in Manduna village in Koil of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The joint team of Police and 55 RR recovered huge quantity of incriminating materials and other items from the hideout.

Police has registered a case in the matter. Officers on the spot have seized all the incriminating materials and further investigation in the matter is going on.