‘Lethpora attack aftermath, MHA asks security agencies to strengthen security in vital establishments’

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By Fast Kashmir on 04/01/2018.

Security review of camps, security establishments being conducted

Srinagar, Jan 04: In the back drop of Lethpora Pulwama attack, in which five central Reserve Police personnel and three militants were killed, The Ministry of Home affairs (MHA) has advised the security agencies in Kashmir for strengthening of security in vital establishments which are “vulnerable” to militant attacks.

“There are various buildings of security forces, which give militants an advantage to fight battle for longer hours. Security of such buildings must be revived along the highway to ensure militants don’t hole up inside if they carry out any attack in future,” the MHA directives according to sources have said.

Militants stormed a central reserve police force (CRPF) camp in Lethpora area along the Srinagar-Anantnag highway in an audacious pre-dawn strike on Sunday, killing at least five CRPF personnel. Three militants were also killed.

One of the top officials of the police officials though maintained that the security review is an ongoing process but told KNS that the security agencies are reviewing security of vital installations and establishments in Kashmir in view militants taking advantage of multi-storey concrete buildings and carrying out Fidayeen attacks on camps. “There are some establishments which are vulnerable to attacks.

The security agencies have been directed to carry out their security review to combat any of the attacks,” the police official said wishing not to be named.

The official said that Fidayeen attack was carried out on Lethpora camp to engage security forces for longer hours. “There are many big buildings in which militants tried to be holed up but the CRPF personnel fought and killed them and defeat what they were aimed for,” the official said.

Special DGP, CRPF, S N Shrivastava, said that security is being reviewed of all security establishments. “Security review is an ongoing process. We are doing it as per the situation and upgrading security accordingly,” he said.

He said that security forces were ready to combat militancy in the valley. “We will take every measure whatever is required to eradicate militancy.”

Further the CCTVs are also being installed in various vital buildings of the Valley to ensure militants don’t take advantage which are vulnerable for such attacks.

Earlier, the militants had engage security forces for hours after holed up inside inside a six-storey building of Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) Pampore.

The gunfight, one of the longest in the recent history of Kashmir is believed that militants had managed to keep security forces engaged so long by taking advantage of the building.

Sources said that the issue was also raised up in a recent security meeting where it was directed security agencies to ensure militants don’t manage to hole up inside such establishments and “all possible loopholes” are plugged in time. Security forces were directed to follow proper SOP so that militants don’t get a change to escape.

Besides that periodical security review of these installations is also carried out to further strengthen and update the security aspects, sources said.

Earlier a high level committee of the army has suggested measures to strengthen security of various military establishments. “The new strategy on part of militants like targeting vital installations may be a move to inflict more casualties on forces besides damaging the establishments as well.

 

So the committee reviewed the security of vital installations and suggested various measures to the concerned agencies,” an army official said. (KNS)

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