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Three Pak militants trying to sneak into India through J&K’s Samba sector: Intel inputs

Identified as Babar Khan, Ajmal and Manzoor, these militants are camping at Pak terror launch pads to cross into Samba region to target camps of security forces in J&K, as per inputs shared by central agencies.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2017 22:04 IST
Vinay Dhingra
Vinay Dhingra
Hindustan Times, Pathankot
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Punjab, which shares its border with J&K near Pathankot, has also been put on alert by the central agencies.(PTI File)

Close on the heels of an alert about the possibility of Babar Khalsa International (BKI) militants trying to cross over into Punjab for carrying out disruptive activities, the security forces have received intelligence inputs that three Pakistani militants are planning to sneak into the Indian territory through Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

The inputs, received a few days ahead of counting of votes for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypolls scheduled for Sunday, have sent the security agencies, including the Punjab Police, into a tizzy.

Punjab, which shares its border with J&K near Pathankot, has also been put on alert by the central agencies. The state has been asked to sensitise security forces to take all necessary preventive measures.

Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) Vivek Sheel Soni, while confirming the receipt of inputs, claimed that he is in touch with his counterparts in Batala and Gurdaspur to thwart any possible infiltration attempt from Punjab side.

As per the inputs received by the central agencies, the group of three militants, led by Babar Khan, is reportedly camping at Lehari Kalan village in Jhelum district of Punjab province in Pakistan, situated opposite the border outpost (BOP) MalluChak on the Indian side.

Two other militants, identified as Ajmal and Manzoor, are camping at terror launch pads in Pakistan to sneak into the Indian territory.

The trio was planning to make their infiltration bid through the breaches in the Basantar river, close to Pakistani village Dandote in Chakwal district of Punjab province, between October 7 to 15, said the intelligence inputs, adding that the militants will aim to target camps of security forces in J&K.

These inputs pose a fresh challenge for the security agencies in Punjab, which were already handling the threat of BKI militants, including Wadhawa Singh Babbar, trying to sneak into the state.

First Published: Oct 14, 2017 22:00 IST