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Lashkar terror camps still active in Pakistan
Published on 27 Nov. 2010 11:53 PM IST
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Confessions by a 20-year-old Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist in Jammu has given the security forces a jitter. The captured terrorist, Mohammad Saleem Rehmani, reveled that terror camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, which were wound up after the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, have been relocated and not closed.
Rehmani is the lone survivor of an eight-member freshly launched group. He says that five Lashkar camp in PoK wound up after international pressure post 26/11 Mumbai attack, have been relocated and he underwent training there
“We were sent to India but all other terrorists died in encounters. The training camps are still operational,” said Saleem.
Instances of involvem ent of Pakistan being active in Kashmir’s insurgency have been replete but what is worrying the police and security forces are reports that two Chechen terrorists, who work under code names of Usman and Umar are active in North Kashmir.
Police sources say if Saleem’s claims are true, then terrorism in Kashmir will get a boost.
Also worrying is the fact that a few dozen youths who cheer-led stone-pelting during the summer unrest have joined a reinvigorated Lashkar and Hizbul Mujahideen.
Inspector General of Kashmir Police (IGP) SM Sahai said that Pakistan’s terror infrastructure remained intact and Lashkar was busy motivating impressionable young men.
According to the police a number of terrorists have sneaked into Kashmir taking full advantage of the summer unrest.
Police even claim that a local separatist leader from Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s group was in touch with Lashkar commander Furqan to abet agitation in north Kashmir. So the coming months could reveal more about the new dimensions of terrorism in the Valley.
Kashmir stone pelters, separatists have nexus with LeT: Police
In a significant development, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have said some government employees were involved in the separatist protests during the last five months and the separatists have a nexus with the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
S.M. Sahai, Inspector General of Kashmir Police (IGP), Friday evening also told the media here that protests during the past five months were not spontaneous and “were masterminded by terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba”.
“Sixty-odd government employees have been arrested by the police for their involvement in stone pelting incidents,” he said.
The IGP disclosed that seven of the arrested government employees have been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
“Police have also sent recommendations about the involved government employees to their respective departments and we hope disciplinary action would be taken against them,” Sahai said.
He said some timber smugglers and criminals had taken advantage of the recent unrest in the valley as the attention of the police had remained focused on law and order during this period.
Asserting that “protests during the last five months were not spontaneous,” Sahai said: “These were masterminded by the terror outfit LeT.”
“Investigations reveal the agitation was increasingly a thoughtful plan carried out by the LeT,” Sahai said.
To support his stand, the IGP said a module of grenade throwers had been busted by the police in Batmaloo area of Srinagar city, and those involved in stone pelting incidents had a nexus with the LeT.
“There is also a nexus between the separatist leaders and the LeT.”
“Recently we arrested the tehsil sadder of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (Syed Ali Geelani’s separatist party). His telephonic conversation with LeT commander Furqaan reveals he was linked to the outfit.”
The IGP said militancy related incidents had started increasing as stone pelting incidents had started coming down in the Valley.

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