Militancy escalates during Ramzan: DGP Vaid
Srinagar: Security has been put on high alert across Kashmir after Tuesday’s multiple militant attacks and intelligence inputs that militants may carry out more such attacks on police and CRPF establishments in the coming days, official sources told Kashmir Reader.
“Police and CRPF personnel have been asked to maintain high vigil around their camps and police stations to foil militant attacks,” said the sources.
They said that troops have been advised to restrict themselves within camps and avoid moving outside. “The CRPF personnel have been asked to avoid stepping out of their camps as there are inputs of militant attacks,” an official source said.
A senior police officer told Kashmir Reader that police are planning to beef up security of protected persons and around civilian installations, particularly in south Kashmir, to foil weapon-snatching incidents.
The officer said that the increasing number of weapon-snatching incidents have become a cause of concern for security agencies.
“The latest incident of weapon snatching in Anantnag on Tuesday has escalated the concern. The security guard is likely to be increased in all the hypertensive areas in south Kashmir so that militants cannot overpower the policemen guarding any person or any establishments in these areas,” he said.
He said that security would be also beefed across the Srinagar-Jammu highway in south Kashmir areas to foil any militant attacks on CRPF and army convoys.
“All the security measures are likely to be taken, particularly in south Kashmir areas,” the officer added.
Militants on Tuesday attacked five locations in south Kashmir, injuring 13 CRPF and police personnel.
The attacks included one on the residence of Justice (Retd) Muzaffar Hussain Attar at Anchidora area in Anantnag district, where militants shot two policemen guarding the house and snatched four rifles from them.
Militants also attacked a CRPF camp of 180 Bn in village Lariya, Tral, another CRPF camp of 130 Bn at Padgampora, Awantipora, the police station Pulwama, and the army camp of 42 RR at Lurgam in Tral.
Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid told media persons on Wednesdaythat Tuesday’s attacks were carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit.
“Nine CRPF men and two policemen were injured in yesterday’s grenade attacks. However, all of them are out of danger,” Vaid said.
“The month of Ramzan is a time when such things escalate, as has been witnessed in the past, but things are under control and we will take concrete measures,” he said.
He said that south Kashmir has presence of more local militants while in north Kashmir the foreign element is higher.
“Hizb is the group which has larger presence in south Kashmir and it has been so for quite some time. But yesterday’s attacks were carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammad militants,” he said.
The DGP said that all security measures would be taken to ensure safety for the Amarnath pilgrimage, which starts at the end of this month.
Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar said that camps were on high alert in the wake of the recent series of militant attacks.
According to Bhatnagar, the series of attacks in the past few days were being carried out with the strategy of “launching grenades and running away.”
There haven’t been any major injuries, and those injured are being duly treated, he said.