Amidst the reports of more terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, Army has expressed fears of terrorist 'spill over' into Himachal Pradesh. Army authorities accentuated the need to heighten security along terrorist infested porous border with neighboring Jammu and Kashmir.
Army sources told Hindustan Times that top officials of the army during the Civil Military conference held in Jammu and Kashmir cautioned that militant hiding in the valley could possibly cross over into border areas of Himachal Pradesh. ' In the wake of mounting pressure of security forces, militants were making bids to cross over into areas of Chamba district' said a source in the army, while he added ' Due to tight vigil of the security forces, the militants carrying their subversive activities in Kashmir valley, could sneak into border areas with sole motive to spread panic'' said. ' Following 26/11 attack there are lots of threat'' said army official.
Issues related to security along Himachal Pradesh border came up during the Civil Military Liaison Conference held in Jammu on Thursday that was presided over by J & K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. GOC-In-C Western Command, Lieutenant General Tej Sapru, and Corps commander of 16 and Rising star corps, Lieutenant General G.M Nair, attended conference.
Rising Star corps headquartered in Dharamsala is manning security in Bhadrwah, Kishtwar, Sambha, Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and Pathankot in Punjab
Army officials has called for more joint exercises with Indo - Tibetan Border Police and Battalions of Himachal Police manning the hilly terrain along the Doda and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Army authorities felt need for added security measures in 'sensitive ' border areas in Chamba district prior to passes get closed due to heavy snowfall.
Following intelligence inputs, the police have geared itself against possible exodus of militants from Jammu and Kashmir into its territory. Police officials were, however, tightlipped about the operation, but confirmed that the police and paramilitary forces in coordination with army have chalked out a plan of action to counter the possible spill over. ' Security along the border has been updated and people along the border areas have been sensitized'' Superintendent of Police, Chamba Madhusudan Sharma said when contacted. The battalions of Indoto Tibetan Border police and Indian Reserve Battalion are manning the 300 long porous borders between the tow states in jointly. Police has also deployed additional security personnels in the sensitive, Kihar and Pangi areas of Chamba. While strict vigil is being kept over people entering from the negobourings areas of Jammu and Kashmir? ' Without ascertaining their credentials no one from other side is being allowed to enter'' said Madhusuddan Sharma, while he added that movement of shepherds have been restricted along the border.
Chamba disyrict hads witnessed one of the worst militant attacks in 1998.
Pakistan-trained militants massacred 35 people, mostly labourers, and injured 11 in the Chamba district bordering Doda in Jammu. The massacre took place in two separate incidents at Kalaban and Satrundi. 26 persons were killed and eight injured in Kalaban area under Police Station Tissa of Chamba District. In another incident at, five persons were killed and three injured in village Satrindi.