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Rajnath reviews J&K situation with top brass of MHA, CAPFs

Terror attack, border tensions discussed

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Oct 3: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed security situation in Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting with top officials of Home Ministry, Intelligence agencies and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) heads and reportedly called for strengthening Internal Security Grid to thwart terror attacks on security establishments. He also reviewed situation along the borders in the wake of frequent mortar shelling and firing by Pakistan.
National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, heads of RAW, Intelligence Bureau, BSF, CRPF and other top officers of MHA attended the meeting chaired by Singh for half an hour this afternoon in the Union capital in which situation of Jammu and Kashmir came up for threadbare discussions, sources told the Excelsior.
Terror attack on BSF camp at Humhama, Srinagar figured prominently in the meeting, sources said, adding that Home Minister expressed satisfaction with alertness and bravery displayed by the security personnel in foiling the attack and killing all three terrorists within few hours.
“An advisory has been issued to all para-military forces to maintain extraordinary vigil on their security establishments in Jammu and Kashmir especially those located close to the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB), to guard against possible terror attack in view of the Intelligence inputs, which suggested that more such attacks can’t be ruled out,” sources said.
They added that the militants were under pressure from their masters in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to carry out some spectacular attacks on security force establishments to avenge killings of a large number of militants including top commanders in the Kashmir valley, which has completely demoralized the militant cadre, both within Kashmir as well as in Pakistan and PoK.
According to sources, senior officers of Home Ministry, CAPFs and Intelligence agencies gave detailed briefing to the Union Home Minister on the internal security as well as the situation prevailing along the borders, where Pakistan has repeatedly been resorting to ceasefire violations in the form of mortar shelling and firing, targeting innocent civilians, apart from security pickets.
As this was the first high-level review of security situation in Jammu and Kashmir by Rajnath Singh after his four days visit to the State from September 9 to 12, he also reportedly assessed the situation on various other fronts as a follow up of his visit to the sensitive border State.
According to sources, the Centre was satisfied with the progress of ‘Operation All Out’ launched against militants by security forces in Kashmir in which number of militants including top commanders have been killed on hinterland while series of infiltration attempts have been foiled on the borders, where also top militants including fidayeen were eliminated.
Sources said the situation prevailing along the borders also came up for review in the meeting. Shelling and firing by the Pakistani Rangers on the International Border has stopped after Sector Commander level flag meeting between the two sides, leading to restoration of peace and normalcy and resumption of routine work by the border villagers.
However, Line of Control (LoC) remained tense in Poonch and Rajouri districts. Only yesterday, two children were killed in Pakistan shelling while dozen other civilians and a BSF jawan were injured. An Army jawan was martyred today.
Earlier during the day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh complimented the security forces for successfully eliminating the terrorists involved in an attack on a BSF camp at Humhama in Srinagar.
Singh said he has spoken to the chiefs of the Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force following the suicide attack near the Srinagar airport.
“I have spoken to the DG CRPF and DG BSF. It was a good operation that they have conducted,” he said.

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