High Alert In J&K Ahead Of Republic Day

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SRINAGAR – A high alert has been sounded in Jammu and Kashmir after intelligence inputs suggest of possible militant attacks ahead of the January 26 celebrations.

Sources said a joint module of Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen militants have been tasked by their handlers in Pakistan to carry out attacks in the run up to the Jan 26 celebrations in the Union Territory.

There are inputs that militants could launch suicide attacks on security installations in south Kashmir and defence positions across the south of Pir Panjal in the Jammu region.

According to inputs, militant movement has also been traced in areas of Srinagar and Budgam districts.

Last week, Srinagar police busted a module of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and arrested five of its operatives. A suicide vest and bomb making material was recovered from the arrested militants.

There is heightened security ahead of the first R-Day in union territory of Jammu and Kashmir after the revocation of Article 370 on August 5.

The J&K Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, in his recent press conference in Srinagar, said that there were no specific inputs about possible militant strikes ahead of the R-Day but given the amount of arms and ammunition recovered by the security forces, nothing is left to chance.

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