Srinagar: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Friday described swell in the number of militants in south Kashmir region as a “challenge and cause of concern”.
“We are facing challenge in terms of security situation especially in south Kashmir as there is an increase in number of local youth joining militant ranks,” Inspector General, CRPF, Srinagar, Ravideep Sahi told reporters here. He was speaking at a talent hunt sporting event organised by the CRPF.
Stating that the operations like the one in Shopian on Thursday have been carried in Kashmir before and they will be carried again in future, the top CRPF official said the government forces were making efforts to secure the areas for the common people.
He added that the government forces will be having a ‘coordinated security scheme’ ahead of annual Hindu pilgrimage Amarnath Yatra and they are deliberating on issue of securing the national highway ahead of the yatra including the measures like installing surveillance cameras along the highway.
Sahi said the militants do enter Srinagar city but there is no report suggesting that they also stay put in the city.
“Based on our inputs we know they come and go to Srinagar city but there is no indication that they are based in the city,” he said.
Sahi said the Shopian operation was undertaken to create a sense of security among the people in south Kashmir which has witnessed a spurt in militancy-related incidents including attacks on banks.
“To stop that (attacks on banks and cash-vans), a large scale cordon and search operation is underway since the last two-three days. It is underway to create a sense of security among people and stop looting and killings, he said.
He said the security forces would handle the threats made to security personnel by the militants recently.
“It is very unfortunate that the local men of police, CRPF or army are being threatened. If someone joins the force, it gives them employment and through this employment, he looks after his parents and family and focuses on the education of his children. These threats are not good and I think we all – CRPF, army, J&K police will handle it,” he said.
—With inputs from PTI