JK govt to review security to fight surge in terror attacks

RSTV Bureau
Baramulla : Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans take positions near the house where militants were hiding during an encounter at Rafiabad area of Baramulla district on August 27, 2015. A Pakistani militant was captured alive in the encounter.  Photo - PTI

Baramulla : Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans take positions near the house where militants were hiding during an encounter at Rafiabad area of Baramulla district on August 27, 2015. A Pakistani militant was captured alive in the encounter.
Photo – PTI

In the wake of recent spurt in militancy-related violence, including the one in Pampore, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said it is reviewing the entire security scenario in the state to respond to such attacks in the future. Besides tightening the defense mechanism, the state government is focussing on the security scenario to respond to terror attacks.

The state government’s decision came a day after Union Home Minister had strongly condemned Saturday’s attack on the CRPF personnel, accusing the “neighbouring” country of fuelling terror attacks on India soil.

“It first happened in Anantnag and now here, so the state government is reviewing the entire security structure,” government spokesman and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar told the Legislative Council.

The minister intervened in the House after Congress and BJP members raised the issue of Pampore attack, in which eight CRPF personnel were killed after the militants ambushed a convoy of the paramilitary force on Saturday.

FILE: New Delhi Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with MoS Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary (R) and Kiren Rijiju (L). Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with MoS Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary (R) and Kiren Rijiju (L).
Photo – PTI

As soon as the House met this morning, Congress MLA Jugal Kishore raised the issue, after which the ruling BJP MLCs were on their feet, demanding that the House condemn the attack and “declare Pakistan a terrorist state”.

“We should bring a resolution and the House should declare Pakistan a terrorist state,” BJP legislator Surinder Amarbardar said.

Another BJP legislator Ramesh Arora said it was “very unfortunate that the government has allowed separatists to attend Iftar parties organised by Pakistan High Commission on a day when our troopers were being killed”.

Responding to the interventions from the lawmakers, Naeem Akhtar, however, said that from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, everybody has condemned the attack on CRPF troopers.

Earlier on Sunday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh clearly accused Pakistan of trying to destabilise India through such dastardly terror attacks.

“An attempt is being made by these terrorists and our neighbouring country to destabilise India,” he said in a clear reference to Pakistan but without naming it, adding “I want to praise the bravery of our security men. I salute their courage”.

(With inputs from the PTI)