According to inputs, the student wing of Tehreek-e-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir and Al-Mohammadia students are being trained for water-borne activities like negotiation of water channel with the help of improvised and sophisticated equipment.
2Terrorists planning to exploit riverine gaps to infiltrate inside India: Inputs
3Multiple search and cordon operations have been launched by the security forces
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has sounded a high alert in its two state-owned National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) in Kashmir. In the wake of increased infiltration bids by terrorists in the region of north Kashmir, security has been beefed up around the hydel power plants of Uri-I and Uri-II, close to Line of Control (LoC).
DGP CISF OP Singh confirmed that an alert has been sounded, “We have heightened the security of Uri projects. There is an increased vigil and round the clock patrol.” Sources say there are 500 CISF personnel deployed at the NHPC.
According to an intelligence note accessed by India Today, the student wing of Tehreek-e-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir (TAJK) and Al-Mohammadia students (AMS) are being trained for water-borne activities like negotiation of water channel with the help of improvised and sophisticated equipment. The note further says that the group is planning to exploit the riverine gaps to infiltrate inside the Indian territory. Jamaat-ud-Dawa recently resurfaced under a new name of ‘Tehreek-e-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir’, days after its chief Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest and a crackdown was launched on the organisation’s activities. Al-Muhammadia students is the student wing of LeT, which was founded in 2009, and is now an active subsidiary of Lashkar.
The note further says, “The plan of the terrorists is to target hydro-electric projects, dams and security forces.” In wake of the advisory, the CISF sources said that the force has taken preventive and precautionary measures.
In the past one month, there have been 3 failed infiltration bids and one successful infiltration in the region. Multiple search and cordon operations have been launched by the security forces.
The Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan allows the three rivers Indus, Jhelum and Chenab to flow into Pakistan. India’s Intelligence Bureau (IB) has also warned of a possible terrorist attack at the project.
A senior Army officer said, “There are regular inputs but the flow of water in the area is significantly high and swift, anyone coming in the opposite direction (from Pakistan to India from the LoC) will have to face a mammoth task.” But sources say that with Pakistan’s recent aggression, security forces are taking all measures to foil any infiltration bid and prevent a terror attack.
On Monday, four terrorists were gunned down by the CRPF and JK Police in an encounter in north Kashmir’s Sumbal area of Bandipora.