Security Agencies On Alert In Jammu & Kashmir21 October 2010
Srinagar: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are on their toes as they fear a terror attack during US president Barack Obama’s November visit to New Delhi. Chief minister Omar Abdullah is chairing a unified command meeting in a couple of days to review security and take steps to plug loopholes, if any, to avoid a repeat of the Sikh massacre of Chattisinghpora. Around 34 Sikhs were killed in Anantnag district’s Chattisinghpora village on March 20, 2000, when then US president Bill Clinton had arrived in New Delhi on a high-profile visit. “There was no big incident when George W Bush visited India. It was during Bill Clinton’s visit that there was an incident in Kashmir. We are holding a unified command meeting soon to plan for the high-level Obama visit,” Omar said. Intelligence inputs received by security agencies suggest militants might try to up the ante during Obama’s visit. “We are vigilant and determined to foil any act of terrorism,” Kuldeep Khoda, director general of J&K Police said. Meanwhile, Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) and United Jihad Council, an umbrella group of militant outfits based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, have claimed that security agencies are planning a repeat of Chattisinghpora to defame terrorists. “We have credible information that Indian agencies may try to repeat Chattisinghpora in a bid to defame the Kashmir movement. We urge people to keep their eyes and ears open to thwart any such design,” LeT spokesman Abdullah Gaznavi said.