Jammu: The four attacks on June 9, 11, and 12 in the three frontier districts of Reasi, Kathua, and Doda in Jammu division were desperate attempts by Pakistani “handlers” of the terrorists to sustain their operations following massive setbacks to the terrorism infrastructure in J&K, DGP RR Swain said Saturday.
“The challenge is coming from across the border and they (terrorist handlers) have decided to keep the pot boiling,” Swain said.“They have noticed that the days of terrorism (in J&K) are numbered, given the major setback inflicted on the terrorist infrastructure in Kashmir. How can those, whose bread and butter runs on this, give it up so easily?”
Swain, accompanied by Jammu zone ADG Anand Jain, made the statement after visiting Seda Sohal village in Kathua, where a villager was wounded, and two suspected Pakistani terrorists armed with an American M4 carbine and AK-17 rifle were killed in a 15-hour counteroffensive on June 11 and 12.
“Sooner or later, terrorists active in J&K will be eliminated, but those involved in sheltering or providing support to these mercenaries would face exemplary punishment,” Swain said, warning people against providing any support to the terrorists.
Swain highlighted the desperation of terrorists targeting unarmed people. “As we see, they (terrorists) are not in huge numbers. They are like rats but they exist. They have guns and they are using these on innocent people,” he said.
Following the attacks, J&K police are battling a wave of rumours and panic among the public. Viral videos and images on social media, such as a video of a Bolero car with armed men and a photo of a man resembling a terrorist involved in the Reasi bus attack, have caused significant alarm. Police clarified that the vehicle carried Central Armed Police Force personnel and the man in the photo was a harmless local.
Police released an advisory, asking people not to spread or believe rumours, but stay vigilant for suspicious activity. DGP Swain also urged people not to raise “false flags” and to verify information about the movement of terrorists before sharing it with security agencies.
Authorities have detained over 50 locals for questioning regarding the June 9 ambush on a bus carrying pilgrims from Shiv Khori cave shrine to Vaishno Devi temple near Teryath village in Pouni area of Reasi district. The attack resulted in nine deaths and 41 injuries as the bus rolled down the hillside. Of those injured, 10 suffered gunshot wounds.
“Fifteen critically injured patients were being treated at SMVD Narayana Hospital in Katra. Ten of them have been discharged. The other five are responding well to treatment,” an official said.
Police have transferred Pouni SHO Parmodh Singh, citing negligence in acting on intelligence inputs prior to the June 9 attack.
Security forces continued their search operations in Doda and Rajouri districts, with no suspects found so far. On June 12, a CRPF constable was killed in a sudden attack on a search team in Doda’s Gandoh area. Earlier that day, five Rashtriya Rifles troopers and a J&K police SPO were wounded in an attack near Chattergala mountain pass in the same district.


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