How a Joint Operation in Kashmir Averted Pulwama 2


How a Joint Operation in Kashmir Averted Pulwama 2

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

The world might be in the grip of a pandemic that has brought entire countries to their knees, the business of terror never stops. There has been no dearth of terror activity in sensitive zones, with groups looking to make the most of a bad situation. In a fresh incident, a vehicle-borne IED blast was averted in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.

A private Santro car fitted with explosives was detected by the security forces in a timely manner. The car, along with 20 kgs of IED, was destroyed by a bomb disposal squad.

Based on intelligence inputs, a white Hyundai Santro car with a fake registration number was flagged by the security forces at a mobile vehicle check point but the driver sped away. Security forces fired a few shots at the car, which they found abandoned some distance away.

“It (car) was kept under watch for the night. People in nearby houses were evacuated and the vehicle was destroyed on site by the bomb disposal squad as moving it would have been a serious threat,” Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh said.

It was said to be a joint operation by the army, police, and paramilitary forces. “A major incident of a vehicle-borne IED blast is averted by the timely input and action by Pulwama Police, CRPF and Army,” tweeted IGP Kashmir.

The plan was similar to the shocking incident in Pulwama last year, when over 40 soldiers were killed as a suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into a CRPF convoy. Following the incident, India bombed camps of the JeM inside Pakistani territory, followed by escalating tensions between the two countries.

Over the last two months, when the nationwide lockdown has been in place, there has been a rise in terror attacks in J&K. Kashmir’s most wanted terrorist and the operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Riyaz Naikoo was killed in an operation earlier this month.

Junaid Sehrai, son of Tehreek-Hurriyat chairman Ashraf Sehrai was killed with another Hizbul militant Tariq Sehrai in a 12-hour gun-battle with the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF at the Nawakdal area in Srinagar 10 days back.

As the country battles the coronavirus crisis, the rise in terror activity in the Jammu and Kashmir region has also led to rising casualties among security force personnel in the region. Even the worst pandemic in a few decades hasn’t been able to pause the violence and body count in the troubled state.