Union Home Secretary reviews security situation in J&K

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir killed five militants in operations in two separate gunfights in southern Kulgam district on Wednesday.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla. @BhallaAjay26/Twitter

Srinagar, Nov 17: Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Wednesday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of spike in violence in the valley.

Top officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Central Reserve Police Force and Border Security Force attended the meeting that lasted over an hour, reported PTI news agency.

The home secretary was briefed about the prevailing law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.

The recent civilian killings and incidents of encounters also figured in the meeting which was held three days before the DGPs conference is scheduled to take place in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and about 250 top officials in the rank of DGPs and IGPs will attend the meeting to be held on November 20-21.

Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir killed five militants in operations in two separate gunfights in southern Kulgam district on Wednesday. Further, two active militant associates of proscribed outfit LeT were apprehended in Pulwama on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a controversy has erupted over the encounter that took place in Srinagar on Monday following conflicting claims about the two deceased civilians as their family members contested the police's charge that they were "terror associates".

The family members of the slain civilians have been holding protests at Press Enclave in Srinagar to demand their bodies buried in far-flung Handwara in north Kashmir.

A woman principal and teacher were shot dead at point blank range inside a government school in Srinagar last month.

Makhan Lal Bindroo, a prominent Kashmiri Pandit and owner of Srinagar's most famous pharmacy, was also shot dead at his shop last month.

A 'chaat' vendor, Virendra Paswan from Bihar, and another civilian, Mohammad Shafi Lone, were also killed in October in Srinagar and in Bandipora respectively.

According to official statistics, a total 28 civilians were killed by militants till last month this year. Out of 28 killed, five people belonged to local Hindu or Sikh communities and two were non-local Hindu labourers.

In all such cases, militants have been using pistols which they can carry easily, officials said.

Most of these acts are committed by newly recruited militants or those who are about to join the militants’ rank, they said.

According to official data, till the end of October this year, 97 militant attacks have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir of which 71 were on security forces and 26 on civilians.

In 2020, a total of 105 attacks were reported -- 80 on security forces and 25 on civilians.

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