MHA holds security review on Valley

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Srinagar—In view of the in­crease in number of encounters coupled with latest in Halmatpora Kupwara, in which five security personnel were killed, the min­istry of Home affairs has deliber­ated upon the situation to further strengthen security grid in Jam­mu and Kashmir.

Top sources told KNS that dur­ing the review the MHA thorough­ly discussed kupwara encounter, held a comprehensive review of overall security situation in vari­ous parts of the Jammu and Kash­mir including the threat percep­tions from across the borders.

Sources told KNS that the se­curity review was held on the directions of home minister Rajnath Singh wherein he had asked the top authorities to take all the steps required to keep militancy under check in the Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources said that the top brass of the MHA especially those asso­ciated with the Internal Security deliberated on the series of as­pects to keep security situation under control as has been done during the past two years.

“MHA top brass was satisfied with the progress of ‘Operation All Out’ launched against mili­tants by security forces in Kash­mir in which number of militants including top commanders have been killed on hinterland while series of infiltration attempts have been foiled on the borders,” sources quoting MHA said.

According to sources, the activities of the militants, infil­tration bids across the border, strengthening security on all routes, which the militants could take for infiltration in JK came up for detailed review.

According to sources, while assessing internal security situ­ation and reports of presence of militants in the valley, the MHA has directed the forces in Jammu and Kashmir to be in high alert of any possibility of attacks.

“An advisory has already been issued to all para-military forces to maintain extraordinary vigil on their security establish­ments in Jammu and Kashmir including those located close to the Line of Control (LoC) and In­ternational Border (IB), to guard against possible attack in view of the Intelligence inputs, which suggested that more such attacks can’t be ruled out,” sources said.

Sources also said that top of­ficials were satisfied with the steps already initiated by securi­ty forces in Jammu and Kashmir to check the militant activities in the hinterland and curbing infil­tration along Line of Control and International Border.

However sources said that the MHA top brass stressed for mainte­nance of Standard Operating Pro­cedure (SOP) during all operations and called upon the troops to show zero tolerance towards infiltration and other militant activities.

Meanwhile sources told KNS that Union Home Secretary is visiting the Kashmir for two days in coming week for high-level review of security situa­tion. It is to mention here that more than 3398 security person­nel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir by militants in last one and half decade. (KNS)

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