Pakistan now spreading Islamic terrorism to Himachal Pradesh, activating their spy cells around army cantonments
Posted by jagoindia on September 5, 2009
September 02, 2009
Dharamshala (HP): Pakistani intelligence agencies have activated their spy cells around army cantonments in Himachal Pradesh with an aim to spread the tentacles of militancy in the state, a top army official on Wednesday said.
“Pakistan intelligence organisations have got their agents to reconnoitre our cantonments for gathering vital military intelligence. In this direction, we have arrested two Pak intelligence spies here”, General officer Commanding (GOC), 9 Corps, Lt Gen G M Nair told reporters here.
“They are trying to spread the militancy from J-K to Himachal Pradesh but our troops are keeping a check and intense patrolling is going on,” he said.
The terrorists and their sympathisers have taken up temporary residence in the vicinity of cantonments, he said adding Pakistan is encouraging its agencies to subvert some of our unsuspecting people.
Police have arrested a former armyman Charanjeet Singh here for spying who revealed whereabouts of a Pakistani national living here and posing as a Hindu, Nair said.
These arrests were made in last two months, he said.
“They were involved in mapping of cantonments, stations and formations besides other vital areas and passing the information to Pakistan”, the GoC said.
The investigation is on to expose these sleeper cells in HP and around the cantonments, he said adding “we have initiated a number of measures to strengthen the security of our cantonments which include construction of security walls along the perimeters and enhanced security checks”.
He said the neighbouring country is also exploiting India’s telecom network to acquire sensitive military information and asked people in the area to cooperate with the army if some stringent measures are adopted.
“This will cause inconvenience to the civilian population as well as our families who are dependant upon civil infrastructure”, he said adding “we must bear the inconvenience to ensure national security and public well being”.
Nair had yesterday said that nearly 50 to 60 militants from PoK were waiting to sneak into Jammu sector prompting the army to keep a hawk-eye vigil at the borders.