High alert in Jammu, army schools shut over ‘possible strike by militants’ input

Armed forces personnel outside military camp in Sunjwan Jammu. [File Photo]

Jammu: Armed forces have been deployed in and around military installations along the Jammu-Pathankot highway on Wednesday and army schools were shut as a precautionary measure.

This comes after inputs of a possible strike by militants were received by the armed forces ahead of G20 meets in Jammu and Kashmir.

All schools inside cantonment areas in Jammu, Samba, and Kathua remained shut today while those in civilian areas operated as per schedule.

“Following intelligence inputs of a terror strike, a high alert has been sounded in all defence installations along the Jammu-Pathankot national highway. At least a dozen army schools, including in Sunjuwan and Domana besides those on the highway, were shut for the day as a precautionary measure,” defence officials privy to the development told Hindustan Times.

The intelligence agencies had already alerted the JK Police and the Army that militants might try to disrupt the G-20 meeting scheduled this month in Srinagar, The Tribune India reported.

The police have increased vigil even in Jammu city. The Border Security Force too has strengthened the security grid and increased patrol along the border with Pakistan.

Pertinently, India will hold its third G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in Srinagar during May 22-24, 2023. It will be the first international gathering to take place since August 2019, when the state was bifurcated into two Union Territories- JK and Ladakh, and its distinct legal status under Article 370 of the Constitution was abolished.

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