Governor NN Vohra for ‘more vigil’ around security installations
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Governor NN Vohra for ‘more vigil’ around security installations

A high-level security review meeting was held at Raj Bhavan here hours after militants stormed an army headquarter in north Kashmir’s Uri area, officials said on Sunday.

A high-level security review meeting was held at Raj Bhavan here hours after militants stormed an army headquarter in north Kashmir's Uri area, officials said on Sunday.

The meeting was chaired by Governor  NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to review the security situation consequent to the attack at Uri, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said, adding: "After the terror attack,  Governor and Chief Minister had held urgent consultations and decided to convene an emergency security review meeting later in the day."

The meeting was attended by B R Sharma, Chief Secretary; K Rajendra Kumar, Director General of Police, J&K; B B Vyas, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister; Dr SP Vaid, Special DG (Coordination & Law and Order); PK Tripathi, Principal Secretary to Governor; R K Goyal, Home Secretary; Baseer Ahmed Khan, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Zulfikar Hassan, IG (Ops), CRPF; SJM Gillani, IGP Kashmir; Vikash Chandra, IG, BSF Kashmir and head of the Intelligence Bureau in J&K. "Lt Gen S K Dua, GOC XV Corps could not attend the meeting in view of the visit of the Defence Minister to Srinagar," the spokesperson said.

The Governor observed that in the background of the Poonch and Uri attacks, "it is of crucial importance to enhance surveillance on the security of all vital civil and military establishments in J&K."

The Governor recalled his directions earlier this year, after the Pathankot terror attack, for a Multi-Agency Security Audit being carried out by all the security forces and other concerned agencies to identify and fill up every existing gap for "ensuring an effective and prompt counter terror response on all fronts."

"During the discussions, officers of the Army, Security Forces and the State Police reported the actions already taken and those underway for safeguarding important establishments and vital installations. The Governor and the Chief Minister stressed the need for cohesive action for enforcing a constant vigil on the frontiers, stepping up counter terrorism operations and effectively maintaining internal security," the Raj Bhawan spokesperson said.

The Governor and Chief Minister also reiterated the need for very close coordination being maintained amongst all the departments and agencies for ensuring prompt responses to ensure safety and security of the civil population. The meeting also discussed various important issues relating to the "effective enforcement of the counter infiltration and counter terrorism grids along the IB and LOC in the Jammu and Kashmir regions."

"Continued cohesive action by all the Security Forces in close concert with the Civil Administration was stressed for securing early restoration of public order. The Governor and Chief Minister also appealed to the people of State to maintain sustained vigilance to avert any fresh attempt by inimical elements to disturb the security environment in the Kashmir Valley," the spokesperson said.

Earlier, the spokesperson said: "After the Pak Fidayeen attack at an Army Camp at Uri this morning, Governor N.N. Vohra called Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda, Northern Army Commander and Lt. Gen. Satish Dua, GOC XV Corps, and conveyed his heartfelt sympathy on the loss of lives of brave soldiers. He saluted the martyrs and wished early recovery to those injured."

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