NEW DELHI: To review the facilities provided to army personnel and officers deployed at high altitude hilly areas, the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) headed by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday reached Srinagar on a four-day tour to Kashmir and Ladakh.
The committee’s visit is in connection with a 2019 report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on “high altitude clothing, equipment, ration and housing” for the Indian Army. “The committee will review the facilities being provided to the army in mountainous areas.” sources told ANI.
The PAC decided to go on a tour of Kashmir and Ladakh to review the accessibility of basic facilities like clothes, shelter and food for the army in the mountainous areas.
The PAC committee will also celebrate Independence Day with the soldiers and officers of the army.
During its four-day visit, the committee is expected to also get information about administration and development issues in the region.
JeM terror module in Jammu, 4 held
Jammu and Kashmir police have busted a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror module and arrested four terrorists along with their associates.
As per an official statement from the police, they were planning to collect arms that were to be dropped by drones and supply them to active terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed in the Kashmir valley. The terrorists were also planning to plant a vehicle-based Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Jammu before August 15, and reconnaissance of important targets in other parts of the country.
One of the arrested JeM terrorists, Ijahar khan, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli, disclosed that Munazir, a Jaish commander in Pakistan had asked him to collect weapons from near Amritsar which would be dropped by a drone. He was also asked by Jaish to do reconnaissance of Panipat Oil Refinery which he did and sent videos to Pakistan. He was then tasked with the reconnaissance of Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi but was arrested before he could accomplish this task, said the police in an official statement.
Others arrested in the case include Muntazir Manzoor, a resident of Prichoo, Pulwama, Touseef Ahmed Shah, resident of Jeff, Shopian and Jahangir Ahmed Bhat, resident of Bandzoo, Pulwama.
Muntazir Manzoor, who is a member of the JeM, was the first to be arrested. The police has recovered one pistol, one magazine, eight live rounds and two Chinese hand grenades from him. The truck he used for transporting weapons to the Kashmir valley was also seized.
Touseef Ahmed Shah was tasked by Jaish commander Shahid and another Jaish terrorist by the name Abrar in Pakistan to take up an accommodation in Jammu which he did. He was then asked to procure a second-hand motorcycle for causing an IED blast in Jammu. The IED for this purpose was to be dropped by a drone. Touseef was arrested before he could complete this task.
Police also informed that Jahangir Ahmed was doing recruitment for Jaish in the Kashmir valley and in the rest of the country.
Further work on the remaining module is in progress, said the police. (ANI)