Srinagar: Minister of State (MoS) for Home, Kiren Rijiju, who is on a visit to Kashmir, took stock of the security situation in south Kashmir on Saturday, during which he was given a list of equipment needed to stop fidayeen (suicide) attacks.
According to Inspector General (IG) of CRPF (operations), Zulifiqar Hassan, Rijiju visited the 116 battalion of CRPF located in Pahalgam on Saturday during which he met senior officers of the CRPF and Police.
“The minister took stock of the security situation including law and order and militancy, particularly in south Kashmir,” Hassan told Kashmir Reader. “While taking details, he was also briefed about the recent fidayeen attack and other encounters which happened in Kashmir.”
In the aftermath of the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016, the south Kashmir region has remained the epicenter of protests and new home-grown militancy. Even as the pro-freedom protests have faded, the militancy has increasingly asserted itself.
The IG CRPF said that Rijiju was particularly happy at the synergy among the police, army and CRPF while conducting operations in Kashmir.
Apart from Hassan, the minister was accompanied by SN Srivastava, Special Director General CRPF J&K Zone, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, South Kashmir, SP Pani, and Director, Ministry of Home Affairs, Sanjoy Roy.
During the security huddle, the CRPF Anantnag gave a powerpoint presentation on the security situation in Kashmir and the achievements of government forces in the past one year. CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav said he also elaborated on the new challenges ahead and core issues of concern requiring intervention of the Home Ministry.
“Besides taking up the present security situation, the CRPF also discussed the recent fidayeen attack in Humhama,” Yadav said.
“We discussed what corrective measures have been taken by police, CRPF, BSF and army to tackle fidayeen attacks,” Yadav said.
Yadav said the minister was also briefed about the number of militants who infiltrated into Kashmir and how many were killed during encounters.
On October 3, three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants mounted a pre-dawn fidayeen attack on the heavily fortified base of BSF located close to Srinagar airport at Humhama, during which three militants, one BSF Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) were killed while four other BSF personnel sustained injuries.
“We had inputs that this Jaish group has infiltrated. One sub-group is still remaining. We have taken all steps to repulse any future attack on our installations,” Yadav said.
After the security meeting, the minister addressed a Sainik Sammelan of CRPF men. He urged the officers and men to continue the good work and bridge the gap with civilians created by the unrest of 2016 by undertaking meaningful civic action programmes.
During the interaction, the CRPF men raised a few questions about the force and welfare-related issues.
The minister assured to look into the grievances on priority.