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Taliban in J-K? Police to assess infiltration incidents

delhi Updated: Apr 09, 2009 19:20 IST

Amid reports suggesting that some Taliban elements may have recently crossed over to Jammu and Kashmir, the state police is rushing its teams to border districts to assess the infiltration incidents in the last three weeks.

Sources in the state Government said that teams would ascertain the number of infiltrations that have taken place since March 20 in Gurez, Tangdhar and Kupwara belts of North Kashmir.

One of the terrorist belonging to Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) had been picked up and was being questioned by a multi-agency team to understand the new strategy of Pakistan’s ISI and other terror groups located in Pakistan-occupied- Kashmir (PoK), the sources said, adding, the arrested terrorist hails from North West Frontier Province of Pakistan(NWFP).

A high-level meeting in Srinagar reviewed the situation along the border during which the Army reportedly came in for some criticism and was given evidence of infiltration.

Army officials told the meeting it had conducted regular recces by helicopters from beginning of March to find if there was any infiltration. But other security agencies said it was difficult to spot infiltrators who had camouflaged themselves with Parka jackets (white) and Balaclava caps, the sources said.

The sources said three infiltration incidents -- Gurez, Tangdhar and Zoon Reshi (Kupwara) -- were discussed threadbare at the meeting.