Poll security focus on ultra-prone valley areas
29 June 2002
New Delhi: Security forces have identified militancy-prone areas in the Kashmir Valley keeping the Assembly elections in mind. Security in these areas is to be beefed up further before the elections. It is learnt the forces are likely to continue with crackdowns and raids, and round up several more hard-liners, a step aimed at ensuring violence- free polls. Efforts to flush out militants by dislodging them from their hideouts will be made. Combing operations in many areas that touch the Line of Control from south to north of Kashmir would be carried out more effectively. Of the 46 Assembly constituencies, at least in 23 segments militant cadres of various tanzeems are functioning actively. Baramullah is close to the LoC. In this district, tanzeems such as Lashkar-e-Taiyaba, Al Badr and Hizbul Mujahideen are active in Bandipur, Rafiabad and Kandi areas. In Pulwama, Hizbul and Jaish-e-Mohammed cadres are active in their operations in areas such as Sopia, Kellar and Tral. Similarly, the upper reaches of Pahalgam, Hapatanr, Sanghush, Wadwan in Anantnag are infested with Lashkar, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Hizbul and Jaish militants. Kupwara falls close to the LoC where the Lashkar, Jaish, Al Badr and Hizbul cadres are active in Lolab, Kalaroos and Rajwar.