Jammu And Kashmir on High Alert Amid Possibility of Strike by Jaish-e-Mohammad on Afzal Guru’s Hanging Anniversary
Srinagar, Feb 9: Security in Jammu and Kashmir has been beefed up amid the possibility of a strike by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) on the death anniversaries of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Maqbool Bhat. Guru and Bhat were hanged and buried inside New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013 and February 11, 1984, respectively.
Director General of J&K Police SP Vaid, while speaking to The Indian Express, said that February 9 and 11 are important days in Kashmir so extra precaution is being taken. The state police and Army have raised check points at various places in Sopore, Baramulla, Handwara and Kupwara areas. Frisking of commuters and vehicles is being done to avoid any untoward incident. Some roads in Sopore have been closed by government forces.
Meanwhile, an alert advisory has been issued in Jammu and Kashmir after the JKLF announced to stage a protest against the hanging of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat on February 9 and February 11. The JKLF will also pass a memorandum in every mosque across Kashmir demanding the mortal remains of Guru and Bhat. (ALSO READ – Photos of Laskhar-e-Taiba Terrorist Who Escaped From Srinagar’s SMHS Hospital With Hizbul Counterparts go Viral on Social Media)
On February 6, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested from the JKLF head office in the Abi Guzar area of the city.
The possibility of Jaish cadres striking in North Kashmir, particularly in Sopore and Handwara, are more, as per a an IE report. Meanwhile, Additional Director General of Police, Kashmir zone, Muneer Khan has said that a strike by JeM may happen, in all likelihood, if the guard is lowered even a bit.
Notably, around 22 Jaish militants are active in the Valley. “In the recent time, Jaish has come to the forefront. All fidayeen attacks carried out over last year, including Lethpora, Pulwama and the attack on 182 batallion of BSF outside Srinagar airport, were done by Jaish,” Khan asserted.