Militant Attacks A ‘Core Concern’

Militant Attacks A ‘Core Concern’

11 May 2013
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: The Core Group Meeting (CGM) held at Badami Bagh Cantonment here on Saturday discussed the overall security scenario in Kashmir, spurt in militant attacks, infiltration and frequent reports on the revival of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. General Officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lieutenant General Om Prakash and Security Advisor to Chief Minister co-chaired the meeting with J&K’s Director General of Police Ashok Prasad. The meeting was attended by senior officers of Army, Police, CRPF, BSF, intelligence agencies and civil administration. A top police official, who was the part of the meeting, told Greater Kashmir that the participants expressed their concern over spurt in militant attacks in Kashmir. “The representatives of various security agencies gave their views on the issue,” the top official, who requested not to be identified, said. The security agencies, the official said, were asked to verify the reports on revival of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen (HM) in Kashmir. “As the most the killings have been owned by HM, the representatives were asked to assess the reports about the outfit’s revival,” the official said. “In case there is revival of HM, the representatives were asked to identify the factors thereof and take adequate measures to stop it.” During the meeting, the officers of security agencies were asked to study the “trend” in militant attacks. “The representatives were asked to intensify the operations against militants in their respective jurisdictions in coordination with Jammu and Kashmir Police,” the official said. The participants, he said, also expressed deep concern over the attacks on J&K Police in the recent past and called the forces to contain such incidents. “The senior officials termed these attacks worrisome and said that such attacks have to be curbed,” the official said, adding the intelligence agencies were asked to share inputs about the presence of “anti-national elements” on daily basis. However, the official said police officials present in the meeting disclosed that these attacks are being investigated and the conclusion would be shared at an appropriate time. “Police officials said that among the attacks some might be the handiwork of criminals. So every angle is being investigated,” he said. The issue of infiltration also came up for discussion, with stakeholders asked to share their inputs on the same. Some inputs regarding infiltration were also shared during the meeting, sources said. However, the official said Army on occasion informed the officers that soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC) are “alert to foil any attempt of infiltration by militants.” “The soldiers are alert and routine search operations are being carried out by Army formations in Kashmir,” the Army officials informed the meeting. Later addressing the meeting, official sources said General Prakash complimented the officials for “high level of synergy and bonhomie exhibited by all stakeholders in addressing the security concerns of Kashmir.” DGP Prasad, they said, expressed similar views and further elaborated on key security initiatives put in place to manage the law and order situation in Kashmir.