Militant outfit Lasker-e-Toiba (LeT) plans to trigger blasts using trained women terrorists who will intermingle with protesters to carry out attacks as part of a strategy to intensify violence in Kashmir Valley, according to intelligence intercepts.
"It has come to the notice of the intelligence agencies through various inputs received that terrorists belonging to LeT are likely to intermingle with the protesters," a brief report of the Army said today.
According to inputs received, LeT operatives have sought permission from their handlers across the border to lob grenades or explode IEDs during demonstrations to trigger large scale casualties and incite protesters to resort to violence, it said.
Such attacks are most likely to be carried out in close proximity to camps and posts of security forces so as to ensure that they face the brunt of the violence and are forced to retaliate. "This is likely to set in motion a chain of events leading to high rate of casualties," the report said.
The report said that highly trained women terrorists, who are experts in handling of explosives, are likely to be at the forefront of this new strategy aimed at upping the ante by exponentially increasing the intensity of violence and consequently the number of casualties.
The local operatives and Over Ground Workers (OGWs) have also been instructed to motivate the economically weaker sections of the populace including women to join the protests, it said.
Kashmir Valley has been in grip of violent protests since June 11 when a 17-year-old boy was killed after he was hit by a tear gas shell during clashes at Rajouri Kadal in Srinagar city.