Terror Sneaks In Through Quake Cracks
24 November 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: When the devastating earthquake set off a fresh wave of peace and cooperation along the Line of Control, the J-K Police says, foreign militants infiltrated into the Valley in large numbers. Around 125 of them are suspected to have entered Srinagar city which has witnessed a sudden spurt of fidayeen and car bomb attacks'I will say, more than a hundred militants have entered Srinagar city,' Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, K Rajendra said. 'Infiltration has been taking place even during the CBMs on the LoC. But after the earthquake, they seem to have taken advantage of the situation and are sneaking across.' He, however, said that his men are alert. Defence spokesman Col V K Batra said that the Army foiled three to four infiltration bids since the quake. 'We killed 21 militants trying to infiltrate. However, some groups might have managed to sneak in taking advantage of the post-earthquake situation,' he said. He too put the number of militants operating inside Srinagar city at 'around 100 as per the figures of various intelligence agencies.' The J&K Police is at the forefront of the counter-insurgency campaign in the city where the Border Security Force was recently replaced by CRPF. A few days ago, the police killed a top Jaish commander, Saifullah, after they raided his hideout in uptown Jawahar Nagar. The police entered the house, encircling the Pakistani militant. Sources said the police party tried to convince the militant to surrender for two hours but opened fire after he threw a grenade, injuring three policemen including the SSP, Srinagar, Muneer Khan. Sources in police said that the militants have used the calm brought by the peace process to re-group.