November 19, 2020
On Thursday, a top police officer said, “The four terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Nagrota Jammu, were on their way to the Kashmir valley to disturb the District Development Council (DDC) polls that are scheduled on later this month, as Pakistan has been trying to cause trouble in the political process. Four terriorist who are suspected as Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were killed in the encounter near the toll plaza in Ban area of Nagrota on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway this morning.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told reporters on the sideline of a function, “For the last few days, Pakistan has increased attempts to send terrorists into this side and to disturb the elections for which the process is on. In this context, Jammu Police and security forces have done a good job by neutralising four Pakistanis (terrorists). Terrorists aim was to come to Kashmir valley so they can disturb the election process.
The IGP said, “there were constant information about terrorists targeting the elections and the security forces were fully prepared to deal with the situation. Whether there is an election or August 15 or January 26 or even a VIP visit, apprehensions are always there, but we are fully prepared… We have provided security to the candidates and they have started going to the field for campaigning from yesterday and there is nothing to fear”.
However, when he was asked that the candidates were alleging they had not been provided security, he further added that providing security to each candidate during the polls, which will begin on November 28, is difficult. We are providing them collective security and they are being put up in secure areas. Whenever any candidate goes out for campaigning, we provide a double escort with him and secure the area for him during the campaign”.
On a question about the number of terrorists waiting at the launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) to enter into this side, the IGP said there was information that about 250 terrorists were there, but the security forces were alert to foil Pakistan’s designs. “Other security forces have already given the figures that about 200 to 250 terrorists are ready to enter but the security forces are very alert. The endeavour of Pakistan is to push more terrorits into our side, but the security forces are prepared to foil their designs,” he said.
When he was asked about Wednesday’s grenade attack in Kakapora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Kumar said, “the police have identified the terrorists behind the incident. It was an unfortunate incident. The target was CRPF and police, but 12 civilians were injured — out of whom four were rushed to a Srinagar hospital, but their condition is stable. We have identified the terrorists who threw the grenade and we are after him and will arrest him soon”.