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People of J&K will defeat proxy war with the help of security forces: Amit Shah

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  • Reviews security situation of UT
  • Appreciates efforts of security agencies, admin for successful conduct of AmarnathYatra
  • Asks security forces and police to wipe out terrorism

Srinagar: The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah today reviewed the working of the security grid in Jammu and Kashmir and on various actions being taken to reduce the incidents of terrorism over the last few years and emphasized that people of the UT would decisively defeat the proxy war with the help of security forces

The review meeting was attended by the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval and other senior officials of the Government of India, including the Army and Jammu & Kashmir Government attended the meeting, a statement issued by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) said.

During the meeting, the Home Minister appreciated the efforts of the security agencies and administration of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir for the successful conduct of the AmarnathYatra this year, which was held after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement further said that the Union Home Minister asked security forces and the police to continue with the coordinated efforts through meticulous and well-planned counter-terrorism operations to wipe out terrorism.

The cases registered under the UAPA were also reviewed and it was stressed that investigation should be timely and effective and the agencies concerned should work on improving capacities for ensuring quality investigation.

“It is the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s vision to have a prosperous and peaceful Jammu & Kashmir, and to achieve this, security forces should strive to make the border and the LOC impregnable and once the fear of cross-border movement of terrorists, arms and ammunition is eliminated, the people of Jammu &Kashmir would decisively defeat the proxy war with the help of security forces,” the statement quoted Shah as saying.

He, as per the statement, said that terror eco-system comprising elements that aid, abet and sustain the terrorist-separatist campaign to the detriment of the well-being of common man requires to be dismantled.

The security review comes following attacks on security personnel, infiltration bids and killings in the Union Territory.

Three infiltrators were killed by security personnel along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kamalkote sector of Uri on Thursday.

There have been at least three infiltration bids by terrorists from across the border in the last four days in Jammu and Kashmir.

A group of terrorists tried to infiltrate into the Indian territory in the Pallanwala sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday night. Alert troops fired at them, forcing them to retreat.

On August 21, soldiers deployed in the Jhangar sector of Rajouri’s Naushera spotted the movement of two to three terrorists on the Indian side of the LoC and challenged them, officials had said.

One of the terrorists tried to flee, but was injured in firing by the soldiers and captured alive. The two other terrorists managed to flee, they said.

On the intervening night of August 22 and 23, a group of two to three terrorists tried to infiltrate in the Lam sector of Naushera. As they moved ahead into minefields, a series of mines got activated and two ultras were killed on the spot.

Terrorists attacked an Army camp in Rajouri district on August 11, killing four soldiers. The two attackers were gunned down after the pre-dawn suicide strike that marked the return of “fidayeen” attackers to Jammu and Kashmir after more than three years.

The government had informed Parliament that till last month, as many as 118 civilians, including five Kashmiri Pandits and 16 other Hindus and Sikhs, were killed in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution in 2019.

The killings of Kashmiri Pandits triggered protests by the members of the community, who demanded enhanced security and transfer of government employees to safer locations.

In May, four Hindu pilgrims were killed and at least 20 injured when their bus caught fire near Katra in Jammu. Police suspect a sticky bomb might have been used to trigger the fire.

Article 370, which gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was abrogated on August 05, 2019 and the state was bifurcated into the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

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