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Pakistani terrorists tried to attack Amarnath Yatra, sniper rifle found on route: Army

Displaying pictures of a land mine bearing a Pakistan stamp, Srinagar-based Chinar Corps Commander Lt General K J S Dhillon said combined teams of the Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police have been carrying out searches for the last few days.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2019 6:40:28 am
Srinagar Jammu Kashmir, Jammu Kashmir section 144, Jammu Kashmir curfew, pakistan attack in jammu and kashmir, pakistan attack on amarnath yatra, pakistan terrorists in jammu and kashmir, indian express An Indian army officer displays a sniper gun recovered during a search operation along the Amarnath route, during a joint press conference in Srinagar. (AP Photo)

General Officer Commanding(GoC) of Army’s 15 Corps Lt General K J S Dhillon on Friday said that in the last three to four days, Army has received specific reports of Pakistan terrorists plotting to carry out an attack on the ongoing Amarnath Yatra. He added that the Army has reasons to believe that Pakistan and its Army are involved in terrorism in Kashmir, and were trying to disrupt peace in the Valley. The Srinagar-based Chinar Corps Commander was addressing a joint press conference along with JK DGP Dilbag Singh and IG CRPF Zulfiqar Hasan.

Displaying pictures of a land mine bearing a Pakistan stamp, Dhillon said combined teams of the Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police have been carrying out searches for the last few days.

Srinagar Jammu Kashmir, Jammu Kashmir section 144, Jammu Kashmir curfew, pakistan attack in jammu and kashmir, pakistan attack on amarnath yatra, pakistan terrorists in jammu and kashmir, indian express Chinar Corps Commander Lt General K J S Dhillon during a press conference on Friday. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

During searches, identities of terrorists were recovered, along with caches of arms, ammunition and explosives. “We have eliminated most of the top leadership, but the job is still in progress,” he added.

“Pakistan and the Pakistan Army is desperate to disrupt peace in Kashmir Valley. I can assure you that this will not be allowed to happen,” he said. “No one can disrupt peace in Kashmir, this is our promise.”

Srinagar Jammu Kashmir, Jammu Kashmir section 144, Jammu Kashmir curfew, pakistan attack in jammu and kashmir, pakistan attack on amarnath yatra, pakistan terrorists in jammu and kashmir, indian express A soldier displaying a sniper rifle that was found on Amarnath route. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Speaking about infiltration bids and ceasefire violations on the Line of Control, the Lt General said the situation is under control and “very much peaceful”.

In an appeal to mothers, Dhillon stated 83 per cent of terrorists have a record of stone-pelting. “Stone pelters are tomorrow’s terrorists,” he said, adding it is likely that terrorists will be eliminated within one year of picking up weapons.

Meanwhile, J&K government has advised tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to curtail their stay in the Valley, reports PTI. The state government issued an order in this regard.

DGP Dilbag Singh, on being asked about the increase in troop numbers in J&K, said: “We had been into a number of activities since last few months. Our troops that have been deployed did not get a chance to relax for a while.”

He said that the state police is getting inputs that violence levels are likely to be increased by militants. “So, we’ve tried to strengthen grid on the ground. Also, we’ve been told that troops must get time to relax. This is time for turnover. But grid will be in as much active form as required,” he told ANI.

The Centre had deployed 10,000 personnel to the Valley last week to “strengthen CI grid as well as for maintaining law and order”. The deployment comprised of 50 companies of the CRPF, 30 companies from the SSB and 10 companies each from the BSF and the ITBP.

Earlier today, when reports of the additional movement of troops emerged, sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs told The Indian Express that deployment was based on internal security in the state, and would be on the basis of factors such as rest and recuperation, and training.

However, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad criticised the government for issuing advisories to tourists for avoiding travelling to the Valley. “Massive build-up of security forces, curtailment of Amarnath Yatra and also unprecedented advisories being issued to tourists, yatris & civilians are creating an atmosphere of heightened insecurity & fear. We urge GoI not to take any decision which would precipitate a deep crisis,” he said.

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