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Terror threat before Sonia visit a hoax

india Updated: Feb 25, 2008 01:03 IST
Deepak Khajuria
Deepak Khajuria
Hindustan Times
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What was believed to be a major terror threat during the visit of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Bhaderwah in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday has turned out to be a hoax, according to the state police.

The CRPF had claimed to have recovered grenades and ammunition 600 yards from the Government Higher Secondary School, Bhaderwah, hours before Sonia Gandhi's visit.

Now the Jammu and Kashmir police have instituted an inquiry and alleged that the CRPF claim was false.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Doda range, Farooq Khan, issued a statement on Saturday that a fact-finding committee headed by SSP, Doda, Manohar Singh, will probe the incident.

The CRPF had claimed to have unearthed a militant hideout, which was not true, said the police. They had not communicated anything to the local police about the recovery, which is obligatory on part of any of the wing of the security forces in such cases.

"The claims of para military forces came to light through media reports. They reported the matter to the local police only a day later. That made things seem highly suspicious," DIG Khan said.

However, police officials said Sonia Gandhi’s visit went off peacefully, as there was a huge deployment of police and other forces in Bhaderwah. “As a result there was no possibility of the presence of militants or explosives and ammunition in the area shown in the recovery,” police said.