‘Impenetrable’ Security Grid Across Jammu In 3 Months: Amit Shah

Says NIA, Police To Jointly Probe Rajouri Attack; Vows Severe Punishment To Culprits

New Delhi- Amid a sudden spurt in militant activities in the winter capital, the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah said on Friday that all security agencies are fighting a decisive battle against terrorism and within three months the security grid in every area of Jammu would be made impenetrable by further strengthening it.

Shah made these remarks while addressing a news conference after chairing a high-level review meeting in Jammu on the overall security situation in the Union Territory. The Home Minister was on a day-long visit to the winter capital to meet the families of the six civilians killed in twin attacks in Rajouri earlier this month.

J&K Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir, Financial Commissioner (ACS) Home, DGP, Jammu and Kashmir, Commander, Northern Command, Army and Intelligence, and other senior officers of BSF and CRPF among others attended the meeting.

“My desire was to share the grief of victims’ families of the Rajouri terror attacks, but I could not go there due to bad weather, I spoke to all the families over the phone and tried to join their grief”. Shah said, adding that the courage of all those victim families is an example for the whole country.
“It is a big thing to maintain the morale of fighting hard even after such a big incident,” he said.

The Home Minister said that following the policy of zero tolerance against terrorism under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all security agencies are fighting a decisive battle against terrorism.

He said that the government led by PM Modi stands firmly with the families of the victims and is determined to help them.

“With full empathy, the affected families would be given benefits through various schemes of the government, along with this all possible help will be provided by the LG with relief measures under his authority,” Shah said.

He said that a detailed meeting was held with security agencies in Jammu on all aspects of security, discussions were also held on creating a very secure grid in the coming days.

“All the security agencies of the country are fully prepared and their morale is high with confidence to prevent such incidents,” he added.

The Home Minister said that NIA and Jammu Police will jointly investigate the terrorist incidents that took place in these two days and this investigation will be done keeping together all the incidents that happened in the last one and a half years.

“The people responsible for these terrorist attacks will be brought to book at the earliest and will be dealt with severe punishment,” he said.

The Home Minister said that support and information systems of terrorist groups were also discussed in detail during the meeting and all the agencies have assured to create a complete 360-degree security mechanism.

“Compared to the time when menace of terrorism started in Jammu and Kashmir, there have been the least number of incidents and deaths in recent times. Within three months the security grid in every area of Jammu would be made impenetrable by further strengthening it,” Shah said.

He assured the people that security agencies will be ready to protect Jammu regardless of intention of the terrorist organizations,

Asked about strengthening the Village Defence Committees (VDCs) in Rajouri in the wake of recent attack, he said: “The decision to strengthen VDCs was taken in August last year. This needs not to be linked with the Rajouri incident.”

About a query on minority killings, he said: “Security forces are giving a befitting reply to every plan of terror. J&K LG has taken a series of steps to protect the minority members as he has the powers to do so. If we go by the figures, minority killings are far less compared to previous years.” (With agency inputs)

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