SRINAGAR: A core group of civil administration and various security agencies chalked out the winter security strategy for Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, an official spokesperson said.
“The core group met today at Badami Bagh Cantonment to review the overall situation and to draw the security strategy for the winter,” an army official said.
“The members deliberated upon various issues to evolve a comprehensive strategy to respond to the various external and internal security challenges. Plans for maintaining a robust counter-infiltration and counter-militancy grid were discussed,” the army official said.
The meeting was co-chaired by Lt Gen J S Sandhu, GOC Chinar Corps, and Director General (DG) of Police K Rajendra Kumar.
This year, the core meeting holds greater importance due to the spike in daredevil militant attacks post the raging summer uprising in which more than 100 people, mostly youngsters, and thousands were injured by the police and paramilitary troopers in the Valley. The latest attack took place on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Pampore, in which three troopers were killed.
Weeks before this important security meeting, many battalions of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) that were brought in to contain the civilian uprising in the Valley were withdrawn from the streets. The withdrawal took place after the intensity of street protests ebbed.
Meanwhile, a cabinet meeting is likely to be held on Thursday in which the decision on appointing the new DG police would be announced. The current DG, K Rajendra Kumar, who completed his term in September this year, was given a three-month extension. The DG Law and Order and Coordination, SS Vaid, is tipped to succeed him.