Core Group reviews situation in Jammu

Infiltration, yatra arrangements discussed

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 18: The Core Group today reviewed security scenario in Jammu region including the Line of Control (LoC), International Border (IB) and internal areas.
Security arrangements for upcoming Amarnath yatra came up for a special review in the meeting, which was chaired by GOC 16 Corps Lt Gen AS Nandal and co chaired by Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda.
Lt Gen Nandal, who happened to be the Security Advisor complimented security forces, Intelligence agencies and civil administration for ensuring peace and tranquility in the region and achieving high degree of synergy in efficiently handling challenges of internal security.
The GOC said there was a need to remain alert in view of recent development as there was a possibility of terrorists attempting to disrupt peace in the region. He attributed downward trend in terrorism to high degree of domination and effectiveness achieved by all security agencies in the State.
“This should not make us complacent as intentions of terrorists can’t be predicted’’. He said, adding that infrastructure of terrorists across the LoC remained intact.
Mr Khoda, in his address, said the militancy has gone down considerably in Jammu region. Security forces and police have achieved commendable successes against the militants, he added.
The meeting among others was attended by K Rajendera, ADGP Law and Order, DR Sharma, Additional Commissioner, Jammu, Dilbagh Singh, IGP Jammu, NS Jamwal, DIG BSF Jammu, Parag Jain, Additional Secretary/Commissioner (North Zone) Special Branch, Dr B Srinivas, IG CID, DS Bains, DIG CRPF, Anurag Kumar, Deputy Director, SIB Jammu and GOCs of the formations under 16 Corps.
Sources said the meeting expressed satisfaction over zero infiltration from the Line of Control (LoC) in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch. Though some infiltration attempts were made on the LoC, they were foiled.
Similar was the situation on the International Border, where the militants hadn’t succeeded in infiltration despite all out efforts, sources said.
All agencies present in the meeting decided to maintain close liaison with each other and share Intelligence and other inputs on militancy.
Few days back, the Core Group meeting was held in Srinagar in which security arrangements for upcoming summer, Amarnath yatra, tourist season and militancy front were reviewed.
Sources said today’s meeting also reviewed security arrangements for Amarnath yatra in Jammu region.
Authorities gave a final touch to the security arrangements for the annual pilgrimage, they added.