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J-K infiltrators change codes to avoid being traced

Oct 21, 2009 11:04 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The terror threat in India is on the rise not just along the red corridor but also in Jammu and Kashmir. Infiltration attempts have peaked even before the onset of winter. Militant outfits have issued fresh codes and instructions for communication across the LOC.

Inputs from Intelligence agencies say terrorists and infiltrators have begun using words that are not even remotely connected to firearms or explosives, to avoid being traced. Guns and ammunition will be code named 'ration' or 'chand'.

New recruits are being called 'old copy', trained militants are called 'new copy' while local guides will go under the name 'Moallam'.

Every launching pad and a militant outfit will now have a new numerical code.

These are the new set of instructions by the Mutihad Jehad council, a conglomerate of 13 militant outfits operating in Jammu and Kashmir.

The SSP of Poonch said, "They are changing codes, even launching pad codes and names of commanders."

The infiltrators' letter intercepted by agencies in Poonch reveals the council has also directed all local commanders to increase offensives, share resources and have joint meetings before operations.

It's also asked them to cut all communications with camps across LOC when an operation is on.

"The high command have given them instructions that whenever there is an encounter, they must not use wireless or phones so that they do not establish communication contact with camps across which would help us trace their links."

Senior officers say the instructions to share resources are signs of increased coordination and perhaps of increasing desperation in the ranks and files of the infiltrators.

The IGP of Jammu, Ashok Gupta said, "They are short of cadre and of funds. Also, attempts to recruit new people are dying. Therefore they are desperate. At some places they have joined hands; like LET and HM are now together but at other places they work against each other."

As per the assessment of the intelligence agencies there are still over 40 training camps across the line of control (LoC), with more than 2200 militants under training. Sources say that attempts of these outfits to join hands, share resources and streamline operations is always a sign of worry for security forces.

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