Jammu: Expecting a turbulent fortnight starting with the last Friday prayer of the Ramzan up to the death anniversary of slain terrorist Burhan Wani in Kashmir on July 8, the security forces have beefed up their presence along national highways and the hinterland to prevent separatists from carrying out attacks in the state.
“There will be a spurt in attempts to create disruption across the state till Wani’s death anniversary and because of this, many measures have been taken including deployment of 2,000 Army troops in South Kashmir, while troop size has been increased along the national highways also,” army sources said.
In view of the developing situation, the Combing and Search Operations have also been intensified in the state while Company Operating Bases (from where troops operate) have also been increased in the hinterland, they said.
Sources said the Pakistan-backed terror groups will now make an attempt to keep up the noise high till the first anniversary of killing of Burhan Wani who was heading the Hizbul Mujahidden in the Kashmir valley and had become popular using social media.
“We are expecting the violence to rise in this fortnight,” the sources said. The Army headquarters have also ordered the five battalions, which have been moved to Kashmir, to stay alert during the Amarnath Yatra. The battalions were rushed to provide protection on the route from Jammu and on both sides of the Jawahar tunnel along the yatra route.
The Army has been carrying out relentless operations both along the Line of Control and the Kashmir valley with eight militants getting killed in this week till now. A Pakistani Border Action Team action was also foiled in Poonch, where a Pakistani Special Forces operative was eliminated by the Army troops while two Indian soldiers were martyred.
Following the death of Md Ayub Pandith, Army sources see an indication of what the future will bring along, as the terror masters wanted to use Shahdat Ali to raise the level of frenzy amongst the mobs against police and Army.