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Jammu School Evacuated Following Tip-Off Concerning Suspicious Persons; Search Ops Launched
Security forces conducted an evacuation of the Carmel Convent School in Kunjwani area, Jammu on Friday following notification of suspicious persons.

Security forces conducted an evacuation of the Carmel Convent School in Kunjwani area, Jammu on Friday following notification of suspicious persons.

All students and teachers are safe.

Security forces on Friday launched a search operation in Kunjwani area here after they received information about the presence of suspicious persons in the region.

The joint search operation was launched by Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of the Army and Special Operation Group (SOG) of police.

“The QRT of the Army provided support to the SOG  to carry out the search operation after we received inputs on movement of suspicious persons,” Defence spokesman, Lt Col Manish Mehta, said.

The search operations conducted revealed no suspicious activity in the area. IG Danesh Rana reported, “We did not find anything suspicious during the search operations. There is nothing to panic about. There was rumour on social media about presence of militants in school which was negated by us after search ops. All is well.”

“These kinds of inputs have to be taken seriously either to falsify them or to react to them in case it happens to be true,” he added.

Although, there was nothing worrying on Friday, the IG still remains suspicious of imminent attacks. “We have already sounded high alert in the whole province in view of 15th August security arrangements. There are certain inputs which suggest that terrorists might try to infiltrate from IB specially through Kathua & Hiranagar sectors,” he said.

“We’ve taken special measures as far as border management is concerned. We have strengthened anti-infiltration grid, search operations have also been intensified. All that needs to be done has been done,” he added.

On Thursday, security was beefed up at sensitive installations, including the Vaishno Devi shrine, and high alert was sounded across Jammu district in view of the ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley and the upcoming Independence Day.

(With PTI inputs)