The panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be more challenging than the recently concluded municipal elections in terms of security, a top police officer said Saturday, asserting that the forces were prepared to tackle any situation.
Panchayat elections in the state will be held in nine phases beginning November 17. The urban local body polls, held in four phases, began October 8 and ended October 16.
Khan was speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of a wreath laying ceremony for CISF officer ASI Rajendra Prasad who was killed in a standoff fire by militants at a power grid station in central Kashmir’s Wagoora area during the intervening night.
The police officer said the attack was an act of “frustration” on part of the militants as “security forces have had huge success” on the anti-militancy front recently.
“That means, the flow of information is there is good, operations are happening and of course, it is the frustration on the side (part) of the militants that they are resorting to these kinds of things,” he said.
The ADGP said the success rate of anti-militancy operations depends on the flow of information.
“If good operations are taking place that means the flow of information is very good and we intend to keep on doing such operations,” he said.
Asked if militants were on the back foot because of the recent operations in which security forces had huge success, Khan said “this goes on – sometimes back foot, sometimes front foot and sometimes ducking”.
“The up and down scenarios are there, but we have to do our professional work and that we are doing,” he said.