Omar chairs security review meeting

‘Can’t Provide Security To Everyone’

ATTACKS ON SARPANCHS, PANCHS

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Jan 13: A crucial security review meeting, held in the backdrop of recent attacks on Panchayat members in north Kashmir’s Sopore area, here on Sunday expressed inability to provide security to every Panchayat representative in the state.
 A top police official, who was a part of the meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told Greater Kashmir: “Participants unilaterally said that it was impossible to provide security to every Panchayat representative. Later Omar directed the security agencies to sanitize the sensitive areas. He (Omar) also called for maximum synergy between forces to foil such attacks in future and emphasized on domination during the evening hours.”
 Pertinently, there are 29,719 Panchs and 4128 Sarpanchs in Jammu and Kashmir.
 Participants briefed the Chief Minister about the overall security scenario.
 Omar expressed grief over recent incidents and asked the security agencies to remain vigilant. “Chief Minister said these incidents must not have happened,” a top police official said. “He asked the security agencies to be more vigilant and such incidents should not get repeated in future,” he added.
 The official said that police was asked to tell the Panchayat representatives not to come out of their houses during evening hours in sensitive areas.
 During the meeting, the officials told Chief Minister that area domination is always there and they have intensified patrolling during the nights. “In most areas policemen and soldiers carry out area dominations together.”
 Omar was told by officials that operations against the militants across the Kashmir Valley had been expedited. “We would not allow the militants to exploit the situation in future,” he added.
 The meeting was attended Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani, GOC-XV Corps Lt Gen Om Prakash, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary Home, Suresh Kumar Director General Police (DGP), Ashok Prasad, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, Joint Director IB, DIG CRPF (Admn) Kashmir, DIG CRPF (Ops) Kashmir, DIG BSF, Kashmir, IGP Kashmir, IGP CID.
 Pertinently, soon after Hard Shiva incident Omar Saturday evening had tweeted, “The injured lady Panch has been shifted to Srinagar. I hope she makes a complete recovery. Will review the area domination tomorrow in SXR.”

GOVT TO BEAR TREATMENT COST
 After chairing the meeting Chief Minister visited Zoona at SKIMS. He condemned the incident and announced that Government would bear cost of her treatment .
 Panch Zoona Begum of Hard Shiva Sopore had sustained critical injuries after unidentified gunmen barged into her house on Saturday evening and resorted to indiscriminate firing.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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