Govt orders probe into reports on Chechnya militants in Valley

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 00:46

New Delhi: The government has decided to
institute an inquiry into the reported presence of two
militants, suspected to be from strife-torn autonomous Russian
province of Chechnya, in the Kashmir Valley.

Official sources said the Home Ministry has asked the
Intelligence Bureau and other concerned agencies to look into
the matter and report its findings.

They said the inquiry was ordered following media reports
that two militants from the Chechnya, identified only by their
code names of Umar and Usman, were spotted from a photograph
recovered by the Jammu and Kashmir police during a recent
anti-militancy operation in Sopore, 52kms from Srinagar.

The photograph had shown the alleged Chechen militants
armed to teeth with latest assault rifles and other
ammunition, sources said.

They said more than 60 militants, mostly foreigners,
are active in Sopore district of Baramulla in north Kashmir.


First Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 00:46

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