Threat to Hindus in Valley: RAW

27 August 2008
The Indian Express
Pranab Dhal Samanta

New Delhi: RAW New Delhi, August 27 The Centre is deeply worried about the security of the Hindu community in the Valley after intelligence reports of militant outfits planning to target them to create communal unrest. Based on these reports, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan met members of the Hindu Welfare Society during his recent visit to Srinagar and asked the state to intensify security in areas inhabited by the Hindus. The matter was also discussed in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, which met on Wednesday to take stock of the situation in the state. The concern grew after a detailed report from the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was submitted to the PMO recently. The report, based largely on communication intercepts, stated that Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, one of the terrorists released after the IC-814 hijack and now heading an outfit called Al Umar Mujahideen, has issued instructions to target Hindus in the Valley, government buildings and public property. Similarly, the agency has shared specific inputs about the Hizbul Mujahideen leadership issuing instructions to target Hindus in Kishtwar. The RAW has conveyed that the Sikh community too may be under threat from Hizbul cadres. It has also received information that Lashkar-e-Toiba has strengthened its presence outside the Valley in Rajouri and has apparently carried out reconnaissance operations to attack local Hindu religious sites. While law-enforcement authorities are corroborating this information on the ground, the Centre has made it clear that there should be no let-up in increasing security for minority groups. While the Centre has decided to come down hard on extremist elements in the Valley, there is also a view here that the government must act with equal resolve when it comes to Hindu extremist elements in Jammu so that there is little chance of a communal fallout in the state.