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Security forces on high alert in Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir; large-scale infiltration reported

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 01 Jun 2018, 02:00:49 PM
Security forces put on high alert in Jammu and Kashmir (Representative Image)

New Delhi:

Security forces on Friday issued a high alert over the possibility of large-scale infiltration of militants in the Kashmir valley from across the Line of Control.

There are also reports that as many as 20 Jaish-e-Mohammed militants have entered Kashmir from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) recently and are planning a hit and run attack on security forces and their establishments in next two-three days.

Following the reports of infiltration, the forces are on high alert and maintaining vigil around sensitive security installations across the state and the national capital Delhi, according to officials.

Going by the intelligence inputs, the terrorists have split into groups and probably planning a large-scale terror attack on Saturday - the 17th day of Ramzan. Saturday will also mark the anniversary of Battle of Badr, the first battle of Islam which took place in March 624 AD.

Amid high alert across Kashmir valley, terrorists fired upon a Bunker vehicle of the 183 CRPF battalion in south Kashmir's Pulwama on Friday. The vehicle was on its way to Idgah in Pulwama. Though no casualties have been reported in the attack so far, the area is being cordoned off by CRPF and police.

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Post that, security forces launched a search operation in Pulwama and recovered three bags containing suspected IED mechanism. The search operation is still underway.

Earlier, on May 16, the NDA government had directed security forces not to launch anti-terrorists operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. Officials had even hinted at extending ceasefire beyond Ramzan if the situation shows signs of improvement.

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However, there has been a series of unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan along LoC followed by the decision of Ramzan ceasefire, proposed by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. 

The ministry said that the decision to halt operations was taken to "help the peace-loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment". The security forces, however, would "reserve the right to retaliate" if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.

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First Published : 01 Jun 2018, 10:03:46 AM