Army has sent messages warning of a suicide attack during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir but they have been found to be unsubstantiated by the state police and central security agencies.
The Army establishment in the Valley had pressed panic buttons by claiming that Lashker-e-Taiba commander Abdullah Unni was planning to carry out a suicide attack during Singh’s visit starting tomorrow, official sources said.
Communications were sent to the state as well as the Centre for shifting of the venue of the Prime Minister’s official engagements to Cantonment area, a proposal rejected by the state government.
The state police and the central security agencies sought the coordinates of the intercept of the terrorists by the Army, but it turned it down citing operational reasons, the sources said.
The state police had sought the CD of the conversation between the terrorists to get a voice sample of Abdullah Unni which was also not provided by the Army, they said.
There were other intercepts the Army has claimed to have picked up from the border in North Kashmir but none of them could be corroborated independently by the state or central security agencies, the sources said.
During the last visit of Congress President Sonia Gandhi to the state, Army had picked up two engineers who were planning to visit secretariat for attending a meeting.
Army intelligence had earlier also provided an input about the World Badminton championship in Hyderabad, which was later found to be incorrect.