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TRF a Pak. ploy to avoid scrutiny, says J&K’s DGP

‘An attempt to give indigenous shade’

Security forces say there is nothing alarming about The Resistance Front (TRF) as all attacks carried out by the Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) are being pinned on the newly formed “seasonal” group in the Kashmir Valley in order to escape international scrutiny.

J&K Director General of Police Dilbag Singh told The Hindu that TRF, a front of the LeT, was promoted by Pakistan and created in August following the withdrawal of Article 370.

The TRF had claimed responsibility for the April 5 incident along the Line of Control in the Kupwara sector, where five Army personnel were killed.

The Army had chased a group of militants for five days after they infiltrated from across the border and killed five of them, of which two were Pakistanis. “The initial social media chatter and activity around TRF was being pushed by Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) in Karachi,” said Mr. Singh.

“This is a bid to give the group an indigenous shade; they are all backed by Lashkar-e-Taiba… Pakistan has been smuggling weapons from across the border to arm them,” he asserted.

A group of 7-8 trained foreign militants, who recently infiltrated from across the border, were said to be behind a spike in attacks in north Kashmir, an area that had largely remained incident free in the past decade, an official said.

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