SRINAGAR: The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 15 Corps, Lt. General Subrata Saha, on Monday said that the army is fully prepared for the first phase of assembly polls beginning Tuesday.
"Tomorrow, we have elections in Ganderbal and Bandipore, I have just come from there, and we are prepared. We are aware of the kind of inputs coming in, and we are also prepared to respond to challenges that may emerge from it," Lt. General Saha told a press conference here.
"The army is conscious of the requirement of security of soft targets and this responsibility is taken collectively by all forces," he added.
Lt. General Saha further said the terrorists are coming up with young recruits and weapons like pistols which show that their leadership is remaining behind due to the robust security grid.
"The terrorists are also pushing IEDs and heavy arms for which our army is aware. The counter infiltration is on," he added.
Cast Votes Without Fear: DGP
The state police chief K. Rajendra while reviewing the security scenario here ahead of the first phase of state elections stated that the people must participate in the democratic process sans any fear.
The Director General of Police (DGP) K. Rajendra while presiding over the security meet held here at PCR on Monday stated that all the adequate security arrangements have been put in place t ensure smooth conduction of state elections with the police making it a priority to make sure that people cast their votes during the first phase in peaceful and safe situation.
The DGP was also briefed about the security situation being put in place at various parts of the state wherein polls are being held on November 25 the first phase. During the meet that witnessed the participation of various security agencies operating in valley including CRPF, armed wing of the state police, intelligence agencies and others, DGP has ensured the people to use their democratic rights sans any fear and that police has taken all the adequate security arrangements to ensure peaceful conduction of the polls.
Mr Rajendra, later confirmed that a high level security meet has taken place at Police Control Room (PCR) Srinagar wherein various security agencies took part. He said that a similar meet was held in Jammu earlier during day. DGP maintained further that no person shall be allowed to disrupt the poll process in Jammu and Kashmir and that stern action shall be taken against all those elements which would try to stop people from exercising their right.
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