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Terrorists train guns on 'sleaze shops'

Pakistan-based terror outfits have told sleaze ring operators in J&K to wind up.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 22:48 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Two Pakistan-based terror outfits have issued a threat to sleaze ring operators to wind up within 24 hours or "face consequences", adding a new dimension to the protests over the sex scandal in the Kashmir Valley.

Jaish-e-Mohammad and Al-Badr, in a joint statement appearing in local newspapers on Wednesday, alleged that "teenaged girls are being sexploited under a conspiracy" and gave an ultimatum to operators to mend their ways within 24 hours or face consequences.

The two hard-core outfits claimed that sex ring operators were active in Harwan, Brein, Nishat, Ishber in Srinagar and in Kulgam in Anantnag district.

They accused the state government of "buying time to shield the culprits that include politicians and bureaucrats" and also supported the ban on cable networks by little-knownterror outfit Al-Madina.

Al-Madina on Saturday issued a threat to cable operators to close their establishments within 10 days, following which the police promised protection to the cable operators.

Harkat-ul-Mujahideen was the firstterror outfit to react after the sex racket rocked the Valley, threatening to eliminate alleged kingpin Sabeena and giving a seven-day ultimatum to hotels and restaurants to dismantle cabins meant for couples.

The latest threats come at a time when the Valley is witnessing widespread protests against the Jammu and Kashmir government's alleged failure to identify those said to be involved in the sex racket.

The government has transferred the case to the CBI for a thorough investigation.

First Published: May 10, 2006 18:19 IST