Sheikh Imran Bashir | Agence India Press | November 4, 2009
Srinagar: A dispute over jurisdiction between two units of Army apparently helped terrorists of Pakistan -based Lashker-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed sneak out from Lolab area where they were reported to be present to other parts of the Kashmir Valley.
According to a report of the state Home Department, Jammu and Kashmir Police developed an intelligence input about presence of nearly two-dozen terrorists of Lashker and Jaish in the Doruswani forests of Lolab valley in North Kashmir.
Immediately, the Army authorities in the area were approached for launching a quiet and swift operation with the help of paratroopers, who are trained for such tactical warfare.
Since the area which has a presence of Rashtriya Rifles, a counter-insurgency force carved by the Army, a request for ensuring jurisdiction for paratroopers and state police's Special Operation Group was made.
Repeated requests for an early solution to jurisdiction issue between two units of Army did not bear any results despite warnings from intelligence agencies that terrorists were planning to shift their bases from Doruswani forests to other areas of the Valley, including Bandipore and Sopore in North Kashmir, Shopian, Kulgam and Tral in South Kashmir, besides Ganderbal area in outskirts of Srinagar.
Army authorities were not available for comment.
After a lot of discussion within the Army, a team comprising Army and police finally reached the area along with the informant.
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