Police teams search south Kashmir to track JeM militants

The crack teams of Jammu and Kashmir Police have fanned out across south Kashmir to trace the contacts of the three Jaish-e-Mohammed militants, who carried out a suicide attack on the Sunjuwan Army camp inJammu, officials said.
Intelligence reports suggested that the JeMcadres entered the Valley last year and were planningmore suicide attacks on forces, the officials said.
The raids at various places in south Kashmir were beingcarried out as a pre-emptive measure to track overgroundsympathisers, including the local contacts of the three militants — QariMushtaq alias Chotu, Mohammed Adil aliasIrfan and Mohammed Khalid alias Rashid.
All three were based in Pulwama in south Kashmir for thelast year, the officials said, citing intelligence reports andJeM’s claims on various social media platforms, includingFacebook and Whatsapp.
The group claims that Mushtaq was stationed in Tral,Pulwama district, for the last one year. Adil was housed inSopore and later shifted his base to Pulwama in August lastyear. The third member of the group, Khalid, who infiltratedinto the Valley last year, was also based in Pulwama, a JeMmessage said.
The three are believed to have travelled to Jammu thenight before the February 10 attack, in which seven people,including six army men, were killed. The three militants were killed in the retaliatory firing of the Army.
A new video of Jaish commander Mufti Vakas has emerged onsocial media in which he is seen threatening more suicideattacks “very soon”.
Videos of other Jaishmilitants asking local youths tojoin militancy have also been doing the rounds of socialmedia, officials said.
“This trend is not encouraging and counter measures hadto be taken,” said one official.
Giving details of the Sunjuwan attack and theinvestigations so far, the officials said the trio travelledto Jammu in a commercial vehicle. It is suspected that theywere carrying arms and ammunition with them.
They were not in conversation with handlers either inPakistan or the Kashmir Valley and sneaked into the army campfrom the rear after cutting a fence, the officials said.
The inquiry into the attack has been handed to theNational Investigation Agency (NIA).
The sudden spurt in the activities of the JeM is seen as an attempt to do more damage to forces in the state, said anofficial. (PTI)