Guv Reviews Valley Security At Army’s Headquarters

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JAMMU — In the aftermath of the recent killing of seven civilians after a gunfight in Pulwama, Governor Satya Pal Malik undertook a detailed review of various security-related issues at the Headquarters of Northern Army Command in Udhampur on Tuesday.

He reiterated need to strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by Army and all other government forces to avoid incidents of civilian casualties and collateral damages, an official spokesman said.

“Governor reviewed the latest security scenario in J&K including details of the counter infiltration and counter militancy operations undertaken recently,” he said, adding,” He reiterated the vital importance of the laid down Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) being adhered to by Army and all Security Forces to avoid incidents of civilian casualties and collateral damages.” 

He also re-emphasized the crucial importance of sustained collaborative action between the Armed Forces and the State Police with the civil administration in dealing with difficult situations particularly to ensure against the loss of civilian lives, the spokesman said.

Governor stressed the need of a heightened vigil and ensuring the safety of protected persons and the security of all important establishments and installations, the spokesman said and added: “He lauded the role played by the security forces in the incident free conduct of polls to the Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats.”

The meeting was attended by senior officers of the State, Police, Army, Central Police Forces, and Central Intelligence Agencies.  Among others, the meeting was attended by K. Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor; Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander; B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Dilbagh Singh, Director General of Police; Lt. Gen. A.K.  Bhat, GoC 15 Corps; Lt. Gen. Paramjit Singh, GOC 16 Corps;  Lt. Gen. YVK Mohan, GoC 9 Corps;  Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor;  R.K. Goyal, Principal Secretary Home;  B Srinivas ADGP CID; Muneer Khan, ADGP, Security and Law and Order; A.V. Chouhan, IG, CRPF;  Abhinav Kumar, IG BSF Kashmir; Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; and SDS Jamwal, IGP Jammu.

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