Centre Fears Major Strike In Valley
14 September 2004
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: The Centre has put security agencies in the Valley on high alert even though reports indicate that violence in the Valley has gone down. This is because intelligence agencies believe that a decrease in violence indicates that militant outfits were trying to regroup and planning a major strike. The issue was discussed at a high-level meeting chaired by home minister Shivraj Patil on Tuesday. According to sources, security and intelligence agencies suspect that militant outfits, particularly the Lashka-e-Tayyeba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, were planning a major strike in the Valley with the possibility of civilian targets. The meeting was attended by the Centre's interlocutor on Kashmir N.N. Vohra, Intelligence Bureau chief A.K. Doval and senior officials from the Army, CRPF and BSF. Sources added that the drop in violence was also being attributed to differences among militant outfits.