Jaish's murdered men had left FDI in Jammu-Srinagar NH for the assistants to activate it

JAMMU: Three Jaish-e-Mohammad infiltrators killed in a meeting at the Bann toll plaza near Nagrota on Friday had planned to carry out an FDI explosion on the Jammu-Srinagar national road in a few days. Before his truck was intercepted by an unarmed agent who was injured in the shooting, the trio had even placed the makeshift explosive device (IED) in a place on the road for his assistants to activate it later. They had also left an AK-47 rifle and, capable of crossing bulletproof vehicles with a level 3 steel core, for assistants, a police spokesman said on Saturday.

Police said Pakistani terrorists carried a large number of automatic weapons, ammunition and communication equipment, and were on track to carry out a major terrorist attack in J&K. During the interrogation, the arrested truck driver Sameer Dar, a cousin of Pulwama's suicide bomber, revealed that the module had already sent some terrorists to the Valley before. Those killed in Friday's meeting were the remaining members of the JeM squad for the operation. Sameer said he could have easily passed the toll plaza without any problem if the infiltrators had not opened fire on the unarmed agent, Bhom Raj, who helped avoid a great tragedy by detecting the truck and an L-shaped cavity that housed the terrorists.

Shortly after the hidden terrorists shot Bhom Raj, security personnel stationed at the toll plaza retaliated, killing a terrorist on the spot. Two other infiltrators jumped through a gorge into a forest area, where they were later shot dead after a fierce shooting, said a CPRF officer.

Together with Sameer, two of his assistants, suspected JeM workers in the field and part of the largest terrorist plan, were arrested Friday morning. The assistants have been identified as Sartaj Mantoo and Asif Malik, both residents of the Pulwama area in Kakpora. The J&K Police Special Operations Group (SOG) also arrested five other truck operators from Rhembal and Udhampur that same night. The five, belonging to the districts of Pulwama and Ganderbal, had spoken to Sameer by phone, but their participation in the terrorist module is being investigated.

Even when fence cutters recovered from murdered infiltrators, security agencies do not rule out the possibility of terrorists entering India through an underground tunnel excavated along the International Border (IB) with the help of Pakistani ranger. Sameer picked them up around 2 a.m. on Friday in the Dayalachak area in Hiranagar Tehsil in the Kathua district. The infiltration could be a failure on the part of the BSF staff that manages the IB, or someone could have helped them cross into India in exchange for money, said a senior official, who was part of the insurgency operation.

The J&K police have submitted tenders for the acquisition of the first liquid explosive detectors (LEDs) to minimize threats and attempts by terrorists to attack security personnel in the territory of the Union. The LED will help in the timely detection of liquid explosives such as gelatin, etc. Tenders occur after security forces recently destroyed a terrorist module and confiscated at least 200 jelly cartridges and a suicide vest, a senior police officer said.

The general director of CRPF, A P, arrived in Kashmir from New Delhi on Saturday to congratulate the security personnel on alert for having avoided a major terrorist attack in the Valley. He congratulated them for their role in the operation against the insurgency of Nagrota and gave them appointments.