The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given the nod to further strengthening the State Investigation Agency (SIA) and Police Stations and Police Posts in sensitive areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
The decisions to this effect were reportedly taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla in New Delhi, which was attended physically as well as virtually by top officials of civil and police administration from Jammu and Kashmir, senior MHA officials in Incharge J&K and heads of various Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). The meeting lasted over an hour.
Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta and Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh represented Jammu and Kashmir in the meeting.
Official sources told the Excelsior that the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir came up for high-level review in the meeting, and it was decided to adopt a strict approach against the militants involved in the killings of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) personnel and civilians and causing other acts of terror.
“No leniency will be shown towards the militants. If they don’t surrender, they will be eliminated. Security forces will go all out against the militants,” sources said, adding there were also concerns about the infiltration of militants, including some Pakistanis.
There have also been reports that many militants are waiting across the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) for infiltration into the Indian territory, and there was a need for Army and BSF to keep sustained vigil and thwart the intrusion bids. The security forces have already foiled the majority of infiltration attempts, but some successful offers are also not ruled out.
“The Home Ministry was reported of the view that the SIA needs to be further strengthened in Jammu and Kashmir on the lines of National Investigating Agency (NIA) not only to investigate terror-related cases but also keep a vigil on terrorism by carrying out a crackdown on the homegrown modules but as well as those operating from Pakistan,” sources said, adding workforce of the SIA was likely to be increased.
It may be mentioned here that the SIA was set up just a few days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir in October. It had recently conducted raids on the terror modules in the Kashmir valley.
Besides the SIA, a decision was also reportedly taken to strengthen further the Police Stations and Police Posts in the Union Territory. However, to begin with, the strengthening process will start from the Police Stations and Police Posts located in the militancy-prone areas.
Ongoing developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir were also reviewed in the meeting, sources said, adding that most of the projects are going on smoothly.
Misuse of some prisons by the militants for fanning trouble too came up for review during the meeting, and it was reportedly decided to take steps and ensure that the militants lodged in the jails don’t get access to mobile telephones.
Sources disclosed that the entire gamut of the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including steps required to contain the targeted attacks and eliminate militants, was reviewed at the high-level meeting. As a result, a strategy was formed to check the rising activities of the militants in the Kashmir valley.
Noting that targeted killings by the militants, including Pakistanis in the Kashmir valley, have become a significant cause of concern for the Central as well as Jammu and Kashmir Governments, sources said the MHA along with JKP, top officials of the Home Ministry dealing with UT and heads of para-military forces and Central Intelligence agencies drafted a joint strategy to deal with the new threat.
“Multiple security and Intelligence agencies of the Central and Jammu and Kashmir Government chalked out the strategy to deal with threats posed by the militants with targeted attacks,” sources said and added that curbing such activities has been necessary to maintain the gains of normalcy.
J&K: 85 people Died of COVID in 24 Days
In Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Jammu division, once again, the process of death of corona infected patients has started. So far this month, 85 patients have died. Of these, 54 are residents of the Jammu division. Many of the patients who died were those who had taken both doses. However, many of them were already suffering from some disease.
According to the National Health Mission data, eight more corona infected patients died on Monday. Four were residents of the Jammu division and four from the Kashmir division. In the Jammu division, two died in the Jammu district. A 65-year-old man from Akhnoor, a Gudha Brahmin, was also among those killed. The maximum number of deaths this month, thirty patients, occurred in the Jammu district. All of them were residents of different areas of the Jammu district. Twelve patients had taken both doses of the corona vaccine. Apart from this, four were residents of Udhampur district, while four were residents of Rajouri, two Doda, five Kathua, one Kishtwar, four Poonch, two Ramban and two Reasi. Samba is the only district where not a single patient died.
In Kashmir, seven corona infected patients died in the Srinagar district while four in Baramulla, eight in Budgam, three in Pulwama, four in Kupwara, four in Anantnag, one in Bandipora, one in Kulgam. On the other hand, not a single patient died in Shopian and Ganderbal districts. In the second wave of corona infection, the maximum number of patients died in the Jammu district.
Although the number of patients who died is less, the maximum number of patients are dying in the Jammu district. About 33 per cent of the total deaths occurred in the Jammu district. Principal of GMC Jammu, Dr Shashi Sudan, says that many of the patients who died after taking both doses were already suffering from other diseases. She asked all to follow Corona appropriate behaviour. She said that only by following all the protocols one could avoid the third wave.
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