Srinagar: Intelligence inputs suggest that
some hardcore Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists, including a dreaded
militant `Furqan`, have sneaked into Kashmir Valley raising
questions over claims that infiltration across the Line of
Control (LoC) have declined sharply.
Sources in the state Home department have said the inputs
of wireless intercepts suggested that Furqan, whose actual
name was not known, had infiltrated into the Valley to muster
support among the local population and to streamline the
operations of the terror outfit.
The intelligence inputs come in the face of repeated
assertions by Army that infiltration had reduced along the LoC
and had come down drastically.
However, during internal meetings, officials of the
Military Intelligence and other senior Army officials were
taken aback when they were briefed about the intercepts
showing heavy presence of Lashkar militants in higher reaches
of Kupwara and Uri. Besides Furkan, five battle-hardened
terrorists of Pakistan-based LeT were among them, the sources
The state police and central security agencies provided
specific credible intelligence including tell-tale signs of
the presence of nearly a dozen militants in Nichnai forests in
higher reaches of Yusmarg in Central Kashmir.
While Army has been maintaining a studied silence over
the issue, sources said intelligence about infiltration of
militants, who managed to escape the Army vigil at LoC, was
picked up by the local police leading to various encounters
across the state.
Another group was spotted and engaged by the police and
paramilitary forces in the adjacent areas of Uri after they
had managed to slip in through the LoC.