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Threat of militancy revival in J&K

Intelligence agencies are expecting a spurt in violence ahead of PM's conference on Kashmir on May 25.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 11:19 IST

Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's roundtable conference on Kashmir on May 25, intelligence agencies are expecting a spurt in violence following interception of wireless messages between terrorists and their backers across the border.

Terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir have been directed by their sponsors in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to go in for selective killings of Hindus and security force personnel but avoid retaliation against police informers as part of their strategy to reinvigorate their "movement".

Intelligence officials say they have several wireless intercepts of conversations between terrorists in the state and their leaders in Pakistan that suggest that "terrorists are desperate to revive and rejuvenate the militancy in the state".

"By killing Hindus, the alienation of the Muslim majority from mujahideen (militants) could be controlled," said an intercept.

Killings of Hindus in the region began in August 1993 when terrorists in Doda district lined up 17 Hindu bus passengers and killed them after segregating them from Muslims.

Terrorists have also killed people they suspected to be informers of security forces. On many occasions, they have chopped off limbs of suspected informers, including women. In 2005, a woman suspected to be an informer was injected poison in Rajouri district.

Intercepts also reveal that terrorists have been asked to carry out "more and more 'fidayeen' (suicide) attacks on security personnel", to make them retaliate against civilians in a huff which would alienate them from the people.

Intelligence agencies said they had sent the information and the intercepts to the authorities concerned and security forces for follow-up action.