After Snow Ultras Shift Bases To Jammu Sector'
2 January 2006
Jammu: Following heavy snow on the LOC between Uri and Poonch Pakistani agencies have shifted the launching pads for militants to the International Border (IB), between Akhnoor and Kathua, in the Jammu sector. Official sources said here today that reports received from across the border revealed that groups of militants had been brought near the launching pads across Akhnoor, R.S. Pora and Samba for being pushed into the Jammu sector. The sources said that since the barbed wire fencing project on the IB was to be completed by March 2006 militants were keen on taking advantage of the gaps for infiltrating into Jammu. According to these sources men of the Border Security Force (BSF) men guarding the 187-km-long IB, have been directed to intensify round the clock patrolling to fail infiltration into Jammu. These reports had also indicated that Pakistani agencies may test the the level of BSF surveillance on the IB by pushing into Jammu groups of Bangladeshis and Burmese. The idea behind the change in the launching pad was to increase the level of violence in the Jammu region where the insurgent manpower was weak. One senior police officer said that soon after the civil secretariat opened in Jammu groups of militants from south Kashmir, Doda and Poonch had sneaked into Jammu town where they had established their hideouts. He said officials of security and intelligence agencies had strengthened surveillance in and around hotels, restaurants and in several sensitive vicinities for accounting for militants who had entered the town without weapons. Officials of security agencies said that militants planned to carry our grenade and IED explosions near vital government installations and attack soft targets for fomenting communal tension. These officials said that by concentrating on the IB for increasing the level of ingress of militants Pakistani agencies aimed at extending militancy to the neighbouring Punjab. Punjab Police officials have reports that weapons for militants, trying to revive militancy in Punjab, were being smuggled from the Jammu belt.