Police, CRPF fear ‘revenge attack’, alert forces
An in-house security alert has been sounded across Kashmir, especially in Srinagar, in the wake of killing of top Jaish-e-Muhammad commander Noor Muhammad Tantray in a gunfight at Samboora in Pulwama district on Tuesday, the police said.
Fearing what they called a "revenge attack" by the militants, especially by those affiliated with Jaish, the police and CRPF said that they have put their personnel on alert.
"There is no need to panic. We usually sound such alerts after the killing of top commanders. It's a routine process," said Kashmir range inspector general of police, Muneer Ahmed Khan.
He said that the forces at various security installations have been asked to remain alert.
A source in the police said that a few militants might have managed to escape from the Samboora gunfight site towards Srinagar or Pulwama.
CRPF spokesman in Srinagar Rajesh Yadav said that there are some inputs suggesting a possible strike by militants in the city or elsewhere.
"We are maintaining a tight vigil and night patrolling is also going on at some places," he said.
He said that there was a possibility of a "revenge attack" by militants on New Year eve "as they lost yet another top commander at Samboora."
The source said that vigil has been heightened in some areas in the Srinagar city including Jehangir Chowk, Regal Chowk, Ghanta Ghar, Dalgate and Batamaloo "where militants might enter a building a engage the forces in a prolonged gunfight."