Core Group reviews security in Kashmir
Srinagar: Core Group on internal security consisting of top officials of civil administration, intelligence agencies, security forces and Divisional Commissioner met today at Badami Bagh Cantonment to review the security situation in Kashmir.
The meeting co-chaired by the General Officer Commanding, Chinar Corps, Lt Gen DP Pandey and Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh, also discussed the handling of COVID-19 in Kashmir, an official press release informed.
It said the officials shared inputs about the Line of Control and hinterland security situation.
The officials said even as the ceasefire has improved the security situation along the border, however, intelligence inputs about militant “launch pads and training activities in Pakistan indicate the need to be alert along the Line of Control.
“There are indications of heightened activity in last two months. The cross-border smuggling of narcotics and weapons continues to be focus of the intelligence agencies and security forces,” the meeting was told.
The meeting observed that first six months of the year point to improvement in security parameters, while the targeted efforts against the over-ground militant networks have led to apprehension of nearly 400 such persons.
“Local recruitment (into the militant ranks) though lower than previous years, continues to be the focus area of the security and intelligence agencies. The effort is to engage with the vulnerable youth and target the OGW network engaged in the recruitment process. The recruitment is higher in some pockets where synergised counter actions are being executed,” the meeting observed.
The meeting also said that the vehicles of “dubious antecedents” are being used for transportation of arms and contraband, and can also be used for vehicle-based IEDs.
“Reports of encroachments along the national highway are being checked as these can cause security threat to the convoy movement on the highways,” the meeting observed.
The shift of militants’ modus operandi of targeting “soft targets” and counter measures were also discussed, the press release said.