G20 Meet In Kashmir: India To Deploy Marine, NSG Commandos For Security

ADGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar chairs joint security meeting at PCR Kashmir

Counter-Drone Measures, Vehicle-Borne IED Blasts; Possible Fidayeen Attacks Discussed In The Meeting

Srinagar- The top brass of army, police and paramilitary forces on Tuesday held deliberations on security arrangements, including crowd control and counter-drone measures and emerging threat of Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) and potential Fidayeen attacks during the high-profile G20 meetings in the Valley later this month.

The joint meeting at the Police Control Room (PCR) here was chaired by ADGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar with the officers of police, intelligence agencies and security forces in which threadbare discussions were made regarding overall security arrangements to be adopted for safe and smooth conduct of upcoming G-20 being hosted at Srinagar from May 22-24, a police spokesperson said.

Kilo Force Maj Gen Mohit Seth, IG CRPF Kashmir Ops Sector Manvinder Singh Bhatia, IG BSF Kashmir Frontier Ashok Yadav, Joint Director SIB Dipankar Trivedi and other officers from police and other central forces attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the spokesperson said, Kumar reviewed the security arrangements and emphasized the need for coordinated efforts to ensure foolproof security for the summit. The officials, he said, also discussed the deployment of security personnel, traffic management, and crowd control measures to be adopted for the peaceful conduct of the summit.

“The ADGP also urged all agencies to work in a coordinated manner in order to ensure the success of the summit, which is expected to be attended by several high-profile dignitaries from across the world,” he said.

The meeting, the spokesperson said, focused on the deployment of security personnel, counter drone measures and other critical aspects of security planning.

Kumar, he said, directed the officials to ensure that the security arrangements are put in place well before the summit, and the deployment of security personnel should be done in a manner that does not cause inconvenience to the local residents & tourists.

“The ADGP also emphasized the need to be vigilant and take pre-emptive measures to prevent any untoward incident during the summit. He further advised them that additional security measures should be placed at the vulnerable locations to avoid any untoward incident during the G20 summit,” he added.

According to the spokesperson, special focus on the emerging threat of VBIEDs and other modes of potential terror attacks including potential fidayeen attacks, standoff fire & grenade attacks besides counter measures to foil such threats were also discussed in the meeting.

Kumar, he said, instructed all districts SSsP to focus on busting of terror modules by apprehending terrorist associates & generating preventive intelligence regarding the presence of terrorists in the valley.

In the meeting, he said, all SSsP were instructed to conduct anti-terrorist operations on specific inputs while the deployment of additional security forces & use of modern technology to secure the venues also came up for discussion.

“The ADGP also stressed the importance of river and lake domination in ensuring the security of the summit. He also emphasized the need for the Marine Commandos (MARCOS) to be put in place to provide a strong security cover for the water bodies around the summit venues,” the spokesperson said.

He said that the attendees reviewed the current security arrangements in place and discussed possible ways to enhance the security measures to ensure the safety of all participants and attendees during the event.

Apart from the security measures, the spokesperson said, the meeting also discussed the management of foreign NGOs and media personnel during the summit.

“GOC Kilo Force assured to provide all assistance like domination of high reaches, corridor protection, additional AS Teams, area domination specifically in the night. ADGP Kashmir shared with all stakeholders that NSG team will be used for counter fidayeen attack along with SOG and specialise NSG teams for counter drone will be deployed at all venues,” the spokesperson said.

“The officials were also instructed to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies to gather information about any potential security threats and take necessary actions to neutralize them,” he added.

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