UHQ MEETING:Asks security agencies to avoid collateral damage during anti-militancy ops, maintain vigil on LOC, IB
Jammu/Srinagar, Jan 20: Stressing that human rights violations won’t be tolerated, J&K Governor N N Vohra Tuesday asked various security agencies to “carry out anti-militancy operations without any collateral damage.”
Vohra, according to sources, said this while chairing the Unified Headquarters Meeting at Jammu to review the state’s security scenario. This was the first UHQ meet convened by Vohra since the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state on January 8.
An official, who was part of the meeting, said every security-related incident in the past eight months was discussed threadbare. “The Governor expressed satisfaction in tackling of militancy by different security agencies in a synergized manner. At the same time he stressed that anti-militancy operations must be carried out without any collateral damage and that civilians should feel a sense of security. He also said the human rights violations won’t be tolerated,” the official, who wished not to be identified, said. The UHQ meet was held after eight months.
During the meeting, the IGPs of Kashmir and Jammu gave a detailed briefing on militancy related incidents.
“IGP Kashmir gave a detailed briefing about the challenges the police force faced in Kashmir during the parliamentary and assembly elections. He also gave a brief on the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley,” sources said.
Senior Army officers also gave a detailed briefing on the situation within the state including number of militants and frequent skirmishes along the International Border in Jammu that led to migration of border people.
“All security agencies gave their opinion on the militancy-related situation and infiltration attempts on borders,” the official said, adding, “They also gave briefing about the co-ordination and liaison among different security agencies to thwart possible militant attacks in future.”
Sources said Vohra stressed for more synergy between different security agencies.
“During the meeting the security concerns related to Panchayat representatives were also discussed,” the official said, adding, “The prevailing situation on borders in Western Ladakh was also discussed. A senior Army General gave a detailed briefing about the prevailing situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Leh.”
The meeting was attended by GoC-in- chief Lt Gen DS Hooda and General Officers Commanding 16 corps, Lt Gen KH Singh, GOC 15 corps, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, GOC 14 corps, Lt Gen BS Negi GOC 9 corps, Lt Gen Rajeev Tiwari , Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary Home Suresh Kumar, DGP K Rajendra, Special DG CRPF, IGs of CRPF (both Jammu and Srinagar), IGs of BSF (both Jammu and Srinagar), Divisional Commissioners of both Jammu and Kashmir provinces, IGPs of Jammu, Kashmir and CID and heads of all Intelligence agencies.
The Governor stressed that peace is imperative for growth and development of J&K and all agencies involved in maintaining the rule of law have to play an important role.
The meeting deliberated on various important issues relating to the internal and external security situation in the State. Officers representing the different agencies briefed the meeting about the measures taken on different fronts to safeguard the frontiers and maintain internal order.
Addressing the meeting, Vohra expressed his satisfaction in regard to security management in 2014 despite continuing challenges on many fronts. He complimented the security forces and intelligence agencies for “achieving a very high level of convergence on the anti-militancy front and observed that joint efforts of the agencies had resulted in neutralizing the inimical elements and enabled a high voter turnout” in the recent concluded Assembly elections “which were altogether free, fair and transparently-conducted.”
The meeting reviewed security situation in all the border areas, along IB, LoC and LaC and analysed issues relating to cross border movements and “infiltration attempts” across the IB and LoC.
In this context, the Governor called upon the Civil and Police Administration and the Security Forces to ensure continued close coordination and ensure timely measures for the security of civil population in the frontier belts.
While reviewing the conduct of anti-militancy operations, Vohra stressed the vital importance of ensuring against collateral damage to the civil population and emphasised the use of increased application of technology to further improve the capability of security agencies. The Governor suggested that meetings of the Unified Headquarters should be held at least on quarterly basis and issues of a complex nature may be deliberated upon by establishing one or more sub-groups from among the membership of the Unified Headquarters
Vohra appreciated the collective efforts of the civil administration and the various Security Forces for rescue and relief operations during the recent floods in the State. “It was due to their joint and dedicated efforts that loss of human lives was minimised, despite the devastating floods,” he said.