Police sounds security alert in Srinagar Aware of Jaish threats: DGP



    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid on Monday said police is aware of the threats of more attacks to be carried out by Jaish-e-Muhammad militant outfit and is ready to face any challenge.

    Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony of a slain assistant sub-inspector Abdur Rashid of Qazigund who was injured at Anantnag and later succumbed, Vaid said another Kashmiri has died and the blood of yet another Kashmiri has been spilled.

    “This the outcome of a war started by those across the border,” he alleged.

    Asked about the threats issued by Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit about carrying more attacks on the pattern of one seen at district police lines Pulwama that left four policemen and four CRPF men dead and eight others injured on Saturday-Sunday, the DGP said: “We are aware of the threats and will take them ( Jaish militants) on.”

    On Sunday, the DGP had told Greater Kashmir that a few groups of Jaish militants have managed to sneak into this side to carry out big strikes on the security establishments to inflict as much as possible damage.

    Three militants were also killed in the night long encounter at the DPL Pulwama. A police official, present at the wreath-laying ceremony, said that they are also probing whether the Jaish outfit has resurrected the Afzal Guru Squad (AGS) as seen written with charcoal on one of the pillars where militants had taken refuge. “We are looking into it. So far our information is that Jaish militants operating in Kashmir were very less, but they are known for carrying out suicide attacks,” he said.

    About the message written with charcoal by one of the Jaish militants on one of the pillars at DPL in Pulwama—“Afzal Guru kaIntiqaam (revenge for Afzal Guru)”— the officer said: “Investigations are on and every aspect is being probed. We have also come across the message written on one of the pillars.”

    Meanwhile, a police source revealed that an alert has been sounded across Srinagar “after intelligence input” that Jaish militants may strike in the city especially in the areas where VIPs are putting up.

    An in-house input shared by the top security officials, a copy of which is with Greater Kashmir, reads, “A reliable input received from the highest echelon suggests a possible fidayeen attack on CRPF camps in coming seven days. The militants belong to Jaish are on loose and desperate for an attack on forces. A complex housing highest number of VIPs needs to be sanitized besides other locations in Srinagar.”