Srinagar, Aug 3: In the backdrop of the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the General Officer Commanding, Chinar Corps, Lt Gen BS Raju and Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh, co-chaired a meeting of the Core Group consisting of top officials of Civil Administration, Intelligence Agencies, Security Forces and Divisional Commissioner at Srinagar.
The meeting was to review the security situation and ensure readiness to meet anticipated security challenges.
The Core Grop reviewed the security situation in Kashmir and the progress on handling the COVID challenges facing the J&K. Special emphasis was given to ensure extensive security for the upcoming one year anniversary of Abrogation of Article 370 including discussions on administrative measures.
On the LoC the recent increased infiltration attempts and CFVs were discussed, a defence ministry spokesman said.
Defence officials shared that the surveillance grid and counter infiltration grid in sensitive areas has been reinforced, which has led to early detection and foiling of infiltration attempts in last few weeks. “Reports indicate that the launch pads in (PaK) are full and Pakistan establishment is keen to push in infiltrators in next few weeks. The forces are ready for any border misadventure in form of BAT actions or actions to support infiltration,” the spokesman said in a statement to GNS.
The core group discussed the need for continued intelligence based anti-militancy operations with a “humane touch”. To address the complete eco-system of militant organisations, the efforts to identify and arrest over ground workers who sustain the militant organisations will continue with vigour, he said.
“Review of security indicators show that violence level has dropped in last one year.
Intelligence inputs indicate desperation in Pakistani establishment and separatists to generate violence and civil casualties in the valley. The Security Forces have to be wary of attacks on political workers, attacks on soldiers on leave, IED attacks and attacks on isolated posts or patrols,” the spokesman said, adding, “Concurrently law and order including COVID restrictions need to be enforced for safety of the common man.”
The officials, he said, also discussed local recruitment which though lower than last year had seen a spurt in last few weeks. “It was decided to enhance steps to prevent local youth from joining (militant outfits). Steps would include proactive steps in consultation with families of vulnerable youth, and identification and arrest of instigators.”
The officials deliberated on the “propaganda effort by Pakistan”, he said, and added that the officials cautioned against the efforts to instigate violence in the J&K.
“All efforts to instigate violence by the ANEs have to be proactively handled by good surveillance and policing action.
The Divisional Commissioner brought out the efforts of the administration to meet the COVID challenges.
He also informed the gathering of the efforts to speed up developmental activities in last few months which has resulted in completion of 14000 projects which were languishing for 3 to 5 Years. “Maximum projects approved under PMDP in 2015 have started. Agricultural and rural economic activity is seeing revival, however tourism industry has been impacted by the security challenge and COVID 19 in 2020. He shared that ‘back to villages’ program has started showing results with empowerment of local elected representatives.”
Expressing happiness on the synchronization of actions amongst various intelligence agencies, the Corps Commander and DGP also lauded the coordination amongst different security agencies, the spokesman said.
“In the end, the senior commanders expressed satisfaction at the successful handling of the security situation and asked for continued efforts to maintain peace in Jammu and Kashmir.”