Police not aware of terror threat to schools

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jan 16, 2015 23:28 IST

Even 24 hours after the top army officer said terrorists may target schools in the state, the state police are is not aware of this threat perception.

"I will talk to the General Officer Commanding about it and inform you later," inspector general of police (Jammu region) Rajesh Kumar told HT on being asked about the police advisory and action on the threat perception. DIG (Jammu-Kathua range) said he is not aware of this statement by the army.

GOC 16 Corps Lieutenant General KH Singh had on Thursday said terrorists may attack schools and religious places ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit later this month. He had also said that there are about 200 terrorists at different launching pads across the border waiting to sneak into India.

The state has about 14,000 government schools, including 12,206 in the Jammu division, and about 5,000 private schools. A substantial number of government schools are along the international border and the LoC, especially in Rajouri and Poonch districts. The GOC had said these 200 terrorists are across the LoC in these two districts.

Jammu district and its adjoining areas have witnessed major terrorist attacks last year. Last November, 12 people, including five civilians and three army personnel, had died in a terror attack in Arnia. These terrorists had reportedly crossed over from the international border. Army had then said these terrorists could have carried much more deadly attack had they been not noticed in time.

In Delhi and other places, schools have issued strict guidelines on security after the school attack in Peshawar in Pakistan. Parents are not allowed entry inside the school premises and gates are
properly manned.

DIG (Jammu Kathua range) Shakeel Ahmed Beigh, who was quick to announce deployment of quick reaction teams after the statement of the GoC, said: "I have no knowledge of this statement by the army. I will check and then get back to you."

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