A Day After Security Review, LG Sinha In Delhi

SRINAGAR: After chairing a high-level security review meeting, Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha has flown to Delhi, reports appearing in the media said.

Manoj Sinha receiving Home Minister Amit Shah at Srinagar airport

In the review meeting on Tuesday, convened in wake of the civilian killings and ongoing operation in Pir Panchal region, civilian killings were on top of the agenda. The top security brass briefed LG Sinha about the steps being taken to check the target killings and mechanisms developed to contain the growing attacks. He was also briefed about the ongoing operations against militants in Thanamandi, Batta Durian and Khablan forests in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

The meeting was attended by was Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh, Additional DGP Jammu, Mukesh Singh, IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, DG CRPF, IG BSF, DGs of different security agencies and top Army commanders The reports also said that the government is concerned about there being no letup in civilian killings despite heightened security measures. Identification and protection of soft targets and installing more bunkers to keep vigil was also discussed, reports added.

Strategy to check civilian killings, as well as intensifying operations against militants in winters, were also discussed. A newspaper report quoted sources as saying that operations will be intensified in winters when the militant groups hiding in mountains generally come down in view of heavy snowfall. A detailed discussion was also held regarding the situation on the border, and its management and infiltration.

The security arrangements for the Republic Day celebrations were also discussed in the meeting. After taking stock of the situation in the review meeting, Sinha flew to New Delhi on Wednesday. He is expected to brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Shah regarding the prevailing security scenario in the UT.

All this comes at a time when the Central government is sending additional 50 companies of CRPF to boost the security apparatus in the valley.

If the reports are to be believed, 25 of those companies are to be stationed in Srinagar alone with many of them being accommodated in the community and marriage halls in the city interiors, much to the resentment of the locals.

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