Report on Taliban presence sought
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday sought a report from security agencies about the reports that Taliban groups might have entered into the Kashmir valley. The army, however, has denied reports to this effect.india Updated: Apr 09, 2009 01:01 IST
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday sought a report from security agencies about the reports that Taliban groups might have entered into the Kashmir valley. The army, however, has denied reports to this effect.
The move comes after a wireless intercept reportedly suggested that a group of nearly 20 terrorists, said to be Taliban terrorists, were fighting the Army in Gurez sector of north Kashmir.
The army headquarters informed the government that intermittent gunfight was on in the sector and two of the group had been gunned down, sources in the MHA said.
The sources said the bodies retrieved from the scene of encounter showed some features similar to those belonging to North-West Frontier Province.
The security agencies were closely monitoring the situation after an intercept between two groups suggested presence of Taliban in north Kashmir and panic messages from Lashkar cadres asking them to go back.
In Srinagar, however, the army maintained that there were no reports about the presence of Taliban terrorists in the Kashmir valley. “So far, there was no information that any Taliban militant had infiltrated into this side from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir,” the Srinagar-based defence spokesperson said.
First Published: Apr 09, 2009 00:58 IST