SRINAGAR: After foiling the fidayeen attack on CRPF camp at North Kashmir’s Bandipora, troops are on high alert following intelligence reports that militants are planning to carry out another fidayeen attack in the Valley. “We have got intelligence inputs that militants are planning another fidayeen attack in the Valley,” IG CRPF Ravideep Sahi told The New Indian Express.
He said the input was not area-specific, but states that militants might carry out fidayeen attack in any part of the Valley including Srinagar. “The troops have been put on alert. The Quick Response Teams (QRTs) are on maximum alert to deal with any situation,” he said.
The security men, he said, have conducted drills and were on alert mode to deal with any situation and foil the militant attacks. It was as a result of this alertness that CRPF men foiled the fidayeen attack on Monday, Sahi said. In view of the intelligence inputs, the Army has set up temporary check-posts at two places in Srinagar. Four heavily armed militants were killed by CRPF and policemen after the militants attempted to storm the camp in the wee hours.
DG CRPF Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, along with J&K police chief SP Vaid, visited the 45bn CRPF camp at Sumbal, Bandipora on Tuesday and interacted with the jawans and officers. He complimented the officers for successfully foiling the attack.
J&K DGP S P Vaid said investigations were on to ascertain the identity of the slain militants. He said it had been established that the slain militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba. In response to a question whether the militants had recently infiltrated, Vaid said, “It would be known after investigations are completed”.
In a separate incident, a student was killed and 10 other civilians were injured in a clash between a stone-pelting mob and security forces in Kashmir’s Shopian district during a cordon-and-search operation, police said. The security forces launched the cordon-and-search operation in Ganowpora area of Shopian following information about presence of militants there.