Man Shot Dead Near LoC In Uri

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Srinagar: The Army on Wednesday said troops shot dead an “infiltrator” along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector on Wednesday.

“Two infiltrators were spotted crossing the Rewand Nala along the Line of Control (LoC) by surveillance devices in Uri. A search operation was launched and contact was established. Pakistani post fired back to provide cover to one of the infiltrators,” an Army official said.

In an operation, one infiltrator was killed and an AK-47 rifle, a magazine and 30 rounds were seized, he said.

A search operation is in progress, the official said.

A police official identified the intruder as Sarfraz Mir (56), a resident of Kundibarjala Kamalkote in Uri.

Mir had crossed the LoC in 1990 and then returned in 1992. He surrendered (before security forces) in 1995 and then went back to Pakistan in 2005, the official said.

Also, an identity card issued by authorities of Muzaffarabad area in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir has been recovered by the Army, the police official said.

CS Reviews Border Security

The Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam on Wednesday took stock of the border situation and reviewed the status of various initiatives being taken to ensure fool-proof security.

Subrahmanyam chaired a meeting of the State Level Standing Committee (SLSC) here on Wednesday to monitor border security and review the status of various initiatives being taken in this regard, an official spokesperson said. Principal Secretary, Home Department, IGP, Jammu, IG BSF, besides representatives from Narcotics Control Bureau, and Intelligence Bureau among others participated in the meeting.

According to the official spokesperson, the meeting was informed that as per earlier directions the vulnerability maps of sensitive areas based on various susceptibility parameters have been generated to guide the deployment of security-related machinery and personnel, and fill security gaps.

He said that the Chief Secretary asked the concerned to periodically review these vulnerabilities and accordingly update the plan of action to ensure fool-proof security.

“The Chief Secretary directed the Home Department to finalize the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Border Protection Grid and evolve proper response mechanism for cases of security breach; in consultation with BSF, Police, and IB,” he added.

He further said that the SLSC also reviewed the prevailing situation on the international border, potential threats, various security mechanisms in place, land acquisition issues, and progress of institutional mechanisms set up under the DGP.  (with PTI inputs)

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