High alert sounded along Himachal, JK border
With the intelligence agencies again warning of “terrorist spillover” from militant infested areas in neighboring Jammu and Kashmir, Police sounded high alert along the border areas in Chamba district.india Updated: May 10, 2010 17:50 IST
With the intelligence agencies again warning of "terrorist spillover" from militant infested areas in neighboring Jammu and Kashmir, Police sounded high alert along the border areas in Chamba district.‘Police has taken intelligence agencies reports seriously. High alert has been sounded along the areas bordering Jammu and Kashmir" Superintendent of Police, Chamba, and Madhusudan Sharma said. Intelligence agencies warned of possible terrorist infiltration from militancy prone, Doda and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir, which shares nearly 300 kilometer boundary with interior areas of backward Chamba district. According to the intelligence reports more than one dozen militants were active in Doda district alone, while equal numbers of them were hiding in remote areas of Kathua district. "There are reports that militants were waiting to sneak into Himachal borders, since the security forces have mounted pressure to flush them out from the hideouts" Intelligence, official requesting anonymity, told Hindustan Times. Though, district police authorities said that number of security men deployed to guard the borders, but there are reports that the state government was contemplating to deploy additional police force along the border areas. Two weeks ago a Hizbul-Mujahideen-commander and another militant were killed in Doda district. Two militants were shot dead in an encounter gunbattle with security personnel, including police and 26 Rashtriya Rifles troopers. The militants were hiding in Manoi area of Gandoh tehsil. Recently two militants were gunned by police on area close to Pathankot and Kathua. Two, militants killed by Punjab Police Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit including a Pakistani were gunned down by Punjab Police. The intelligence reports mentions the arc of intrusion bids from the borders have now extended upto Punjab borders and agencies across the border was making bids to create disturbances in the country.The out check post erected to man the porous border with Jammu and Kashmir have been shifted to the higher altitude areas, after snow on the passes began to melt.Police officials say snow melting on the passes provides access to militants to move along the border. "Almost all the outer check post have been shifted back to the higher locations" SP, Chamba Madhusudhan Sharma said.Apart from keeping strict vigil on the vehicles entering Chamba district, Police has also appealed to the people to keep the cops informed about the suspicious elements.Due to the heightened militant activities in Doda and Kathua, the Police has increased security of the all the major hydle projects in Chamba district. The security agencies and the army intelligence had earlier also warned the state police about possible terrorist infiltration from Jammu and Kashmir. Satrundi and Kalaban areas of Chamba along the Doda border had seen one of the most heinous massacre.In 1998, Pakistan-trained militants massacred 35 people, mostly laborers, 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.