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CM calls for strict adherence to SoPs

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Urges govt forces to minimize collateral damage, maximizing public outreach

Srinagar, Mar 06: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today urged the security agencies took to ensure that Standard Operating Procedures are strictly adhered to and are in no way violated or overlooked.

During a review of the security, and law and order situation at a high-level meeting of officers here today, Chief Minister impressed upon all the security agencies to work in synergy to ensure that laid down SOPs are respected and not breached or overlooked, an official statement issued here informed.

It said that Chief Minister reminded the officers that every “aberration in this regard amounts to furthering the evil designs of elements inimical to peace in the state.”

Coming in the wake of Sunday night’s shootout at Pahnoo area of Shopian in which two militants and four civilians were killed, Chief Minister advised heads of all security agencies to ensure that no collateral damage is allowed to happen during security operations and care should be taken that common masses are not put to inconvenience during these operations.

Mehbooba Mufti asked the heads of civil administration, Police, Army and other security agencies to maximize their public outreach to ensure that the grievances of people on the ground are listened to and addressed promptly, the press release said.

It said the Chief Minister was briefed by heads of various security and intelligence agencies about the prevailing security situation in the State, particularly in Kashmir Valley.

Chief Secretary, B B Vyas; GoC 15 Corps, Lt. Gen. A K Bhatt; Principal Secretary Home, R K Goyal; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; ADGP, CID, A G Mir; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan; IGP Kashmir zone, S P Pani; senior officers of other security agencies were present in the meeting.

Earlier the Chief Minister arrived in the winter capital from Poonch where she was on a public outreach programme. Soon after, the Chief Minister was briefed by the GoC 15 Corps about the overall security situation in Kashmir Valley particularly in the backdrop of recent Shopian incident.

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