Srinagar: Security in Jammu and Kashmir
has been further beefed up following intelligence inputs
suggesting that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba was planning to
carry out terrorist strikes in the state, including
assassination of a political or a top separatist leader.
Sources in the security establishment said that some
intelligence inputs were intercepted in which Lashkar
commanders in the Valley were receiving instructions from
across the border to carry out a terrorist strike in Jammu or
Kashmir which includes targeting any politician or separatist
The sources said that security around vital
installations had been tightened and a fresh review of the
security cover to all the politicians and important separatist
leaders had been conducted.
The sources said that Lashkar may try and target a
separatist leader and blame it on security forces as has been
done in the past. The killing of Mirwaiz Farooq, Abdul Gani
Lone and the bid on life of Fazal-haq Qureshi earlier this
year by terrorists were examples of their tactics.
Mirwaiz Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone were allegedly shot
dead by terrorist of Hizbul Mujahdieen.
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who enjoys Z category security of
the state government, has been instructed about the threat
perception while a round-the-clock guard was to be provided to
other separatist leaders.