NEW DELHI The Government on Wednesday said that due to its zero tolerance policy towards militancy and sustained action by security forces, a large number of militants have been killed in the Kashmir Valley.
The government also dismissed that Pulwama attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel on February 14 was due to intelligence failure.
“J&K was affected by (militancy) sponsored and supported from across the border for the last 30 years. However, owing to the policy of zero tolerance towards (militancy) and sustained action against the (militants) by security forces, a large number of terrorists have been neutralised during the past few years,” Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy informed the Rajya Sabha.
“All agencies were working in a coordinated manner and the intelligence inputs are shared among various agencies on real-time basis,” the Minister said.
Reddy said the investigation carried out by the NIA into the Pulwama attack resulted in identifying the conspirators, suicide attackers and the vehicle provider. Reddy was replying to a question by Syed Nasir Hussain in the Rajya Sabha.
Army Commander Reviews Security
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, GOC-in-C Northern Command, arrived in Kashmir on Wednesday on a two day visit to review the overall security scenario in view of the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra.
A defence ministry spokesman said that he visited the army formations and units deployed for the annual Hindu pilgrimage. Accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, he reviewed security and administrative arrangements during the visit.
He was briefed by the commanders on ground about the deployment and measures taken for close coordination with the Civil Administration and other security forces to ensure a safe, secure and efficient conduct of the Yatra, he said, adding, The Army Commander appreciated the synergy being maintained amongst all security agencies and the State Government.
He further reiterated that all assistance will be provided to the newly inducted CAPF units and complimented the efforts of troops for coordinating all the requisite arrangements.
The Army Commander also lauded the integrated approach and cooperative spirit amongst all the agencies to thwart any possible nefarious designs of anti-national elements.
Earlier, on 15 June the Army Commander had chaired a key security review meeting which was attended by the senior officials from the Army, Police, CRPF and other security agencies. During the meeting, detailed aspects of coordination related to the smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra were discussed, the spokesman said.
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