Terror Outfits Plan more Killings to Foil Art 370 Move
CALM & COLD: A snow-covered Srinagar-Gulmarg road in Kashmir after higher reaches in the Valley received the season’s first snowfall on Wednesday. The plains were also lashed by rain, bringing down the mercury by more than 10 degrees. Srinagar shivered at 5.6 degrees Celsius at 3.30pm.
Srinagar/New Delhi: Desperate to disrupt New Delhi’s development initiatives in the Valley, Pakistan-based terror outfits now plan more killings of “non-residents and non-locals”, particularly in south Kashmir. Top intelligence sources in Srinagar revealed that the new objective of Islamabad is to defeat the very purpose of scrapping Article 370, by driving a deep wedge between “non-Kashmiris” and Kashmiris, and finally upsetting entry of Indians into the Union Territory (UT). Several phone intercepts of terrorists from near the Line of Control (LoC) in the past one month, has exposed Pakistan’s sinister plan to derail peace process in the newly carved-out UT of Jammu and Kashmir. The sinister plan, reports say, has the backing of the top heads in the Pakistan Army and its intelligence wing, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The new pattern emerging from the recent killings of non-Kashmiris in the Valley, executed at the behest of the ISI, pose a serious threat to more than 20,000 migrant labourers and skilled workers settled in south Kashmir. “The sinister design reminds of the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits in early 1990s, when ISI-backed outfits targeted Pandits in the Valley resulting in the mass exodus of one community,” said a senior IPS officer of the J&K police. Intelligence sources assessed that more than 500 armed militants, which includes over 200 trained Pakistani terrorists, are hiding in Kashmir.
DRI Seizes 30KG Gold in Largest Haul at Trichy Airport
Trichy: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Wednesday confiscated 30kg of gold valued around Rs.11 crores from 130 passengers at the Trichy International Airport. Sources said that it was the biggest-ever gold seizure at the airport. The seizure came following intelligence inputs that a large number of carriers were smuggling gold into the country through the airport. A 22-strong team comprising officials from Chennai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Tuticorin and Madurai, headed by DRI deputy director Karthikayan, began the operation at 11pm on Tuesday. The search continued late into Wednesday during which the officials intercepted about 130 passengers who had arrived from various destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Sharjah, and Dubai. On examination, the passengers were found to be carrying a total of over 30kg of gold in form of jewels, crude bits and paste, mostly by body concealment, a statement from the DRI said. Apart from the gold, several passengers were found carrying cigarettes, electronic goods including iPhones and drones and other goods in commercial quantities, the statement said. Earlier, the DRI took around 15 passengers to the hospital for medical examination, on suspicion they had concealed gold in their bodies. Further investigations in accordance with the Customs Act, 1962, is progressing.