Javid AhmadSrinagar, Oct 07:
Union Minister of State for Home, KirenRijiju Saturday reviewed the security situation in the State after the recent fidayeen attack on BSF camp near heavily guarded Srinagar Airport.
The MoS Home arrived here this morning on the two-day visit to Kashmir.
“Kashmir is beyond violence, a lively place full of culture, music, art and tourism,” Rijijutweeted before landing in Valley.
After arriving in Srinagar, MoS Home headed towards BSF’s Kashmir frontier headquarters where he was brief by IG BSF Kashmir, Sonali Mishra about the prevailing situation in Valley.
Rijiju’s visit to valley comes in the aftermath of fidayeenattack on BSF’s 182 battalionnear Srinagar Airportin which an ASI was killed and three BSF men injured. Three fidayeen, who breached the highly fortified BSF camp, were alsokilled in the encounter.
“The MoS Home was briefed about the suicide attack of militants on BSF camp on October 3,” said a BSF official.
According to security officials, seven JeM militants are on run in Valley and their presence is seen as a major threat. The six members of the JeM group, which infiltrated in July-August, have already been killed by forces after carrying attacks on District Police Lines Pulwama and BSF’s 182 Batallion, Humhama.
According to BSF official, MoS Home was briefed about the prevailing situation in Kashmir.
“He lauded the BSF men for repulsing the fidayeen attack on their camp without causing any collateral damage,” he said.
The minister praised BSF for effectively defending borders against Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Later, the MoS Home flew to south Kashmir and reviewed the security situation at CRPF’s 116 battalion Headquarters, Pahalgam.
He was briefed by DIG CRPF (operations), south Kashmir, Mohsen Shahedi on the security situation in the valley –both tackling law and order and ant-militancy operations.
“Among the core issues, the MoSwas briefed about the joint training of CRPF and police. Besides, he was also informed about the need for light bulletproof (BP) jackets and BP vehicles,” said a CRPF officer, who attended the meeting.
He said the officials also sought aerial support (helicopters) during the anti-militancy operations. “We told the minister that if the helicopters are provided, we will be able to take quick action against the militants. We will be able to conduct quick aerial survey and check mob mobilization.”
CRPF officials also briefed Rijiju about the new challenges and core issues of concern requiring the intervention of the MHA.
“He was briefed about need of strengthening of camp infrastructure and perimeter walls, which need the attention of MHA,” said a CRPF officer.
He said the need to upgrade the camp infrastructure has become important in view of militants attacks in Kashmir.
The MoS Home also addressed a Sainik Sammelan of CRPF troops and lauded the efforts of CRPF in conducting anti-militancy operations in the valley in coordination synergy with police and army besides maintaining “a very difficult” law and order situation in Valley.
“MoS home urged CRPF men and officers to continue the good work and bridge the gap with civilians created by the unrest of 2016 by undertaking meaningful civic action programmes,” a CRPF spokesperson said.
The security review meeting in south Kashmir was attended by Special DC CRPF, J&K Zone, S N Srivastava; IG CRPF (Ops) Kashmir, ZulfiqarHasan; DIG Police south Kashmir range, S P Pani, DIG CRPF (operations), south Kashmir, MohsenShahediand other top police and paramilitary officials.