Ultras may attack religious places to disturb communal harmony: IGP

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Jammu, Aug 28 (UNI) After yesterday's militant attack in Chinore area on the city outskirts, IGP, Jammu Zone, K Rajindera today said security has been intensified and search operations are in progress in the entire region, as militants may ''attempt'' to attack the religious places with an intention of disturbing the ''communal harmony'' in Jammu and Kashmir.

''Following yesterday's Fidayeen attack, alert has been sounded in Jammu, while search operations have been strengthened in the city and its outskirts to track down any suspicious movement,'' Mr Rajindera told UNI and asserted, ''Due to the prevailing situation in Jammu, militants attacking the religious places to create communal tension cannot be ruled out.'' Three militants and an army officer, among seven people, were killed during the 19-hour long gun battle at Chinore yesterday.

According to sources, a group of militants had crossed the International Border from Kanhachak area and reached Chinore, where they intruded one of the houses and held hostage seven people, including four children.

''The anti-national elements may make all efforts to create communal divide in the state by attacking some of the sensitive areas and the religious places as well, but we have to be alert and take preventive measures to counter their nefarious designs,'' the IGP said.

Besides Jammu city, the security in the Reasi, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri and other bordering districts have also been tightened, while various security agencies have been directed to keep check on the anti-national elements, he added.

Mr Rajindera, however, while commenting on the ongoing Jammu agitation asserted, ''It is the government and the Samiti, who has to find a solution to the existing land issue, but we cannot rule out any attempts being made by the militants, taking advantage of the ongoing movement and attacking the sensitive places.'' UNI VBH SBC PK HT1555

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