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Jammu and Kashmir on alert over Lashkar strike threat
JAMMU/SRINAGAR, JAN 24 (IANS/PTI):
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Published on 24 Jan. 2011 11:32 PM IST
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A high alert was sounded across Jammu and Kashmir Monday about a possible terror strike ahead of the Republic Day Jan 26 and to ensure calm in view of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) proposed march to the valley to hoist the national flag in Srinagar city centre. Both the state government and the separatists have vowed to oppose the BJP plan.
Sources in intelligence agencies in Jammu said there were reports of a major terrorist strike being planned by the Lashkar-e-Taiba in the run-up to the 62nd Republic Day.
The state government and the union home ministry have started exchanging notes on security issues on an hourly-basis, they said.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba was preparing to strike, using car bombs and improvised explosive devices, particularly in the summer capital city of Srinagar, sources said.
“Accordingly, a red alert has been sounded,” a source told IANS.
Sources said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was in constant touch with union Home Minister P. Chidambaram over security issues ahead of the Republic Day.
“In order to hold hassle-free Republic Day functions across the state, it has been decided that nobody would be allowed to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere here,” a senior intelligence officer said.
Barricades have been erected around the Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar, the venue of the main Republic Day parade in the valley.
In addition to heavy deployment of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force personnel, security is also being monitored through closed circuit television cameras which have been installed at major traffic crossings and around sensitive security installations. Police columns with armoured vehicles were Monday moving around and all incoming buses being checked at Lakhanpur, the gateway to the state, on the border with Punjab.
Woman courier of LeT arrested in Srinagar
A day after arresting a close aide of hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a hawala case, police has arrested a woman courier of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and recovered Rs three lakh from her possession.
“On a specific information, police station Safakadal arrested one woman courier from Eidgah area of the city on Sunday evening and recovered Rs three lakh from her,” a police spokesman said.
He said 45-year-old Nighat Siddiqui, wife of Irshad Ahmad, was also carrying one leaf of LeT letter head at the time of the arrest. The spokesman said the money was to be used for “disruptive purpose” in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley.
A case under relevant section of Ranbir Penal Code and Unlawful Activities Act, has been registered against her, he said.
The arrest of the woman comes a day after Police arrested Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a close aide of Geelani and head of legal cell of the Hurriyat, and recovered Rs.21.20 lakh hawala money from his possession.
A team of Delhi Police, which arrived in Srinagar on Sunday, has taken three day’s transit remand for Bhat from a local court. Bhat is presently undergoing treatment at SKIMS hospital Soura for head injury sustained during a scuffle between police and his relatives at the time of his arrest on Saturday.
The Delhi Police team are waiting Bhat’s discharge from the hospital so that he can be taken to the Union capital for further investigations into the case.
Two other persons, from Kupwara and Sopore in north Kashmir, have also been arrested in connection with Bhat’s case.

 
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