MHA worried about attacks on forces along National Highway


SRINAGAR: Expressing con­cern over repeated militant attacks on security forces on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the security agencies to review the security of all vital installations and establishments in Kashmir especially on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

There has been fourth at­tack by militants on security forces on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Satur­day since December last year. Three soldiers were killed on Saturday when militants at­tacked an army vehicle at Kad­labal Pampore.

Earlier, near to this place, this year, there was 56 hour long gun fight inside a six-storey building of Entrepreneurship Develop­ment Institute (JKEDI) Pampore.

Top sources on Tuesday told KNS that the MHA has asked the top officials of the all the se­curity agencies in Jammu and Kashmir to direct all district and divisional security admin­istration to immediately review the security of all important in­stallations and establishments.

“The MHA has suggested measures to strengthen secu­rity of various military estab­lishments. The new strategy on part of militants like targeting may be a move to inflict more casualties on forces. So the se­curity agencies must review the overall security,” source while quoting MHA said.

Sources said that the MHA has also asked all the security forces to devise a strategy to strengthen Security Grid in the hinterland comprising all secu­rity agencies to thwart the mili­tant attacks on security person­nel and civilians, besides to look into the security lapses, if any.

Sources also told KNS that the Union Home Ministry Ra­jnath Singh has also advised the security agencies for strength­ening of security in vital estab­lishments which are “vulner­able” to militant attacks.

Meanwhile if sources are to be believed then Union Home Minis­ter Rajnath Singh is likely to depute a high level team of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to Jammu and Kashmir for comprehensive review of security scenario includ­ing steps required to strengthen the Security Grid to thwart attacks.

Sources said that the Union Home Minister wants in-depth study of security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of Pampore attack.

Sources said that, the De­fence Ministry and the Home Ministry have issued fresh advisories to Army and other secuiryt forces respectively to strictly adhere to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which is already in place, while moving from one place to an­other including the National Highways and other places.

“The SOP is already in place. The Ministries have again asked their troops to ensure that it was strictly adhered to avoid Pampore like attack. The secu­rity personnel have also been asked to strengthen their move­ment and maintain high vigil during movement in the State.


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