Four LeT factions active in Valley
10 August 2002
The Times of India
NEW DELHI: All is not quiet in the Valley. According to sources in the home ministry, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) may have been banned in Pakistan and the US, yet it is operating in India through its four factions. These factions were formed after the ban was imposed on the LeT. They currently operate as • Al Madina — active in Srinagar district and adjoining areas. • Babul Hind Force — active in Anantnag district in south Kashmir. • Azam Jehad — active in Doda and Udhampur districts of Jammu. Their main objective is to target security forces. • Al Mansooriyan — operates in the Jammu region. They mainly focus on soft targets like civilians (causing the Qasimnagar kind of incidents). In Srinagar, Al Umer and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen activists have been enrolled in the Al Madina. The rest of the area in the state is under the joint operation of LeT, HuM and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). According to intelligence reports, this level of coordination amongst the different terrorist groups has not been noticed by security forces earlier. The home ministry has more inputs to prove the high level of coordination between these groups. On his first visit to the Valley, after taking over as DG, BSF, Ajay Raj Sharma was briefed by security officers in the state about this disturbing trend. According to a state government report to the home ministry, phone and wireless messages of the four groups of LeT prove that there is regular contact between the leaders of the four groups on ''aiding cross- border terror, direction and strategy of operations, increasing violence in the Valley before the polls, discouraging people from going to the polls''. Furthermore, the lull in militant activities during the six-month period before July 19 is over, say home ministry reports. Recently, around 300 militants have infiltrated into the Valley from across the border. Another 300-400 Kashmiri youth have been forced to enrol for training camps across the border. Militants have taken them across in small batches of 10-15 boys.