60 Fidayeens Enter Kashmir, Forces On Their Toes


Srinagar: Even as daring attacks on the security forces are on the rise in Jammu and Kashmir, latest reports of infiltration of at least 60 fidayeens from across the border are keeping agencies and forces on the edge.

Sources told TOI that these fidayeen attackers have recently entered the valley and they have been specifically asked to target security forces, including the army, BSF, CRPF, SSB and J&K police. The input comes even as agencies have launched a hunt for Lashkar-e-Taiba divisional commander Abu Dujana, responsible for last week’s ambush on the CRPF convoy. He is the common link between last year’s attack on BSF personnel in Udhampur and on CRPF men in Pampore on Saturday.

Sources say that Dujana is based in the valley and is helping highly-trained militants coming from Pakistan with information on the movements of forces, logistics, and stay and arranging drop-offs at attack sites. TOI first reported on Tuesday that 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s son-in-law Khalid Waleed is behind the attack on CRPF convoy and Dujana assisted in the attack.

After the recovery of credible evidence indicating a clear Pakistani hand in the June 25 attack, CRPF will push for a NIA probe in the case, officials said. J&K Police is already probing the matter. DGP J&K K Rajendra Kumar had told TOI on Monday over phone that “they have crucial leads in the case”. Speaking to TOI, director general of CRPF, K Durga Prasad, said, “Some of our jawans were wearing vests while some were not. “Wearing bulletproof vests alone won’t solve the problem. We need to do more and we are working on it”.

Prasad visited the CRPF jawans admitted in hospital there and the spot where the attack happened. He also interacted with senior CRPF officers in the Valley and discussed the plan for further securing the civilians and troops during the upcoming Amarnath Yatra. Prasad is also expected to meet Jammu and Kashmir police top brass on Wednesday morning to discuss security. He had said on Monday that forces will enhance vehicle checks in the valley in coordination with J&K police to identify terrorists travelling under cover.