High alert in Kashmir after inputs about attack

Security forces conducting frisking at Maulana Azad road on Sunday. (UNI)
Security forces conducting frisking at Maulana Azad road on Sunday. (UNI)

Hideout busted in Pulwama

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Apr 14: Security was put on high alert today in Kashmir after intelligence inputs that militants may carry out a suicide attack along Srinagar-Jammu National Highway especially in Srinagar city.
The alert was issued last night which suggested that militants may use a motorbike to carry out a blast on the highway to target security forces. The input suggested that the blast may be carried out between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. along NH-44. The specific input was about possible attack in Batwara and Tatoo Ground areas but there was general input regarding entire National Highway.
In view of the input, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir had directed that since there was movement of election forces towards Srinagar today and convoys were delayed and asked to start after 9 a.m.
The convoy movement was asked to be allowed only after clearance by the SHOs about no movement of civilian traffic especially mortar bikes. “Also it is a Sunday and the rules regarding no civilian movement on the highway be implemented strictly”, reads the advisory.
The security forces had sealed all the roads leading to the National Highway this morning and especially no motar cycles were allowed to ply as there was input that motar cycle may be used in the attack.
The troops allowed no movement of the traffic on the National Highway including the convoys so as to prevent the attack.
The convoys and election forces were later allowed to ply on the highway after 9 a.m. following clearance by the Police. The stopping of all traffic in Srinagar led to difficulties for the people in the Valley.
The people with emergencies who were allowed to ply on the highway were stopped at several places and it took them several hours to reach Anantnag or Baramulla from Srinagar which normally takes an hour.
Meanwhile, acting on credible inputs, Pulwama police along with security forces busted a terrorist hideout in Manduna village in Koil of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The joint team of Police and 55 RR recovered huge quantity of incriminating materials and other items from the hideout.
Police has registered a case in the matter. Officers on the spot have seized all the incriminating materials and further investigation in the matter is going on.