Killing of forces personnel a matter of concern: Vohra

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra Monday expressed concern over the killing of 50 forces personnel in militancy-related incidents last year as against 15 such casualties in 2012 and said there were chances that attempts will be made to disrupt the two elections due this year.
He also said that there were 244 ceasefire violations on the LoC last year.
However, the Governor said that militancy-related incidents declined by around 23 per cent during 2013 over the previous year.
“It is a matter of concern that as many as 53 security forces personnel were killed in 2013 against 15 such casualties in 2012,” Vohra said in joint session of the state legislature.
Taking a serious view of such attacks, all possible corrective measures are being put in place, the Governor said.
While paying homage to all the officers and men “who laid down their lives for protecting the territorial integrity of the country”, he said, “We shall need to keep in mind the increasing desperation of the militants and their sponsors from across and the likelihood that every possible attempt would be made to disrupt the two elections which shall be conducted this year”.
“Our security forces shall have to continue their strict vigil along the borders,” he said.
Elaborating further on the situation, he said, over the past few years, there had been a decline in incidents of militancy-related violence and a perceptible improvement in the internal security environment.
On ceasefire violation, he said, “there were 244 ceasefire violations on the LoC and the International Border, which marked a large increase over the past year”.
The state police is playing an increasingly important role in maintaining law and order and undertaking counter insurgency operations and it is hoped that in the coming time it shall be in a position to deal with most internal security challenges on its own, he said.
“The security forces have been highly sensitised to ensure against causing any collateral damages or violation of human rights while carrying out counter militancy operations.
“New Standard Operating Procedures have been adopted and enforced as the operational guidelines for security forces to minimise the collateral damages during counter insurgency operations,” he said. .
Meanwhile, Army’s Northern Command chief Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra today met Vohra and briefed him about overall security scenario in the region, particularly along international border, LoC and LAC.
Lt Gen Chachra met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan here, an official spokesman said here.
Lt Gen Chachra gave an extensive briefing to the Governor about overall security scenario in the Northern Command area, particularly along international border, Line of Control (LoC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The Governor and the Army commander discussed several important issues relating to security management in the coming months.