SRINAGAR: After three militant attacks in three days, the counter-insurgency grid in Kashmir is apprehensive that the militants may strike once again ahead of by-polls in two parliamentary constituencies on April 9 and 12, official sources said.
“We expected attacks like these from the beginning and we are prepared to avert any further attacks,” Special DG CRPF SN Srivastava said.
The top CRPF officer added that the paramilitary force is making all possible arrangements to ensure security arrangement for elections.
“All of our officers, senior officers, Jawans are at duty points and we are doing our best. We are up to the challenge,” Srivastava said.
The officers of the government forces say that non-local militants carried out the attacks. “The attack in Bemina area on Army convoy was carried out by at least three militants led by non-local militants from LeT,” a senior army official said.
The police official also believes LeT has taken charge of the militant attacks. “Most of the attacks especially on National Highway have been carried out by foreign militants from the LeT outfit,” he added.
The election campaigning of political parties in poll-bound areas has mostly been a ‘low-key’ affair in view of the increased counter-insurgency operations especially in South Kashmir and due to civil unrest last year.
According to a security official, the political parties have to intimate the respective district Superintendents of Police few days prior to holding any rallies or meetings for the security grid to sanitize and secure the area.
Almost all of the polling booths in both the constituencies have been categorized as either sensitive or hypersensitive by the election commission.
Pertinently, a CRPF soldier and a policeman was killed and as many as 20 police and paramilitary personnel were injured in three attacks in Srinagar’s Bemina, Nowhatta and Panthachowk areas.
The security has been beefed up across Kashmir especially in poll bound areas ahead of the elections to intercept and thwart any further attacks.