Cen­tral agency did not act on in­form­ers’ in­puts in BSF at­tack

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

A Cen­tral agency tasked with track­ing the ji­hadi groups ac­tive in the Kash­mir val­ley could have pre­vented Tues­day’s ter­ror at­tack at a BSF camp in the heart of Sri­na­gar, if only the agency sleuths acted on the in­puts gen­er­ated by “in­form­ers”, who had given an inkling of it well in ad­vance to the of­fi­cers con­cerned. These in­form­ers, who are ex­perts in cy­ber-syp­ing, had gen­er­ated spe­cific in­puts that the cadre of Jaish-e-Mo­ham­mad was plan­ning to carry out a spec­tac­u­lar at­tack in Sri­na­gar, which in­volved at­tack­ing “air” re­lated tar­gets. These in­form­ers had also shared the mo­bile num­bers of some of the Jaish over­ground work­ers who were tasked with as­sist­ing the three ter­ror­ists who car­ried out the fi­day­een at­tack and killed one BSF ASI before be­ing elim­i­nated by the se­cu­rity forces.

The in­for­ma­tion gen­er­ated by the in­form­ers also in­cluded a list of Pak­istani num­bers which were be­ing used to plan the at­tack. How­ever, it ap­pears that the of­fi­cer with whom the num­bers were shared on Fri­day, three days before the at­tack, did not fol­low up on the link or for­ward the num­bers to his se­niors. If he had done so and the num­bers had been put un­der sur­veil­lance, the se­cu­rity agen­cies would have known that an at­tack was im­mi­nent and could have ei­ther ar­rested those who were help­ing the at­tack­ers or could have in­creased the se­cu­rity around the com­plex that houses the BSF of­fice and which is lo­cated at the en­trance of the Sri­na­gar In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which is also an Air Force base.

The ter­ror at­tack had taken place in the high-se­cu­rity zone close to the Sri­na­gar air­port just before day­break. The at­tack be­gan around 4am at the 182 Bat­tal­ion Camp of the BSF, lo­cated in a highly sani­tised area, which also houses an In­dian Air Force base, a CRPF camp and an NIA of­fice. Jaish-e-Mo­hammed later claimed the at­tack on the BSF fa­cil­ity, which came a lit­tle over a month af­ter a sim­i­lar at­tack in Pul­wama on 26 Au­gust in which eight se­cu­rity per­son­nel were killed by the out­fit.

In­dian se­cu­rity agen­cies said that it was the “Afzal Guru squad” of the banned or­gan­i­sa­tion which ex­e­cuted the at­tack. Jaish was also in­volved in one of the dead­li­est at­tacks on an Army in­stal­la­tion in Uri in Septem­ber 2016, in which 18 soldiers lost their lives.

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