Deliberations Held On Militant Attacks, Use Of Religious Places; Upcoming Amaranth Yatra

Srinagar- The top army commanders and police officers on Friday discussed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including the recent militant attacks on civilians and security personnel, besides the “alarming trend” of the militants taking refuge in religious places in an alleged attempt to create communal disturbance.

The joint security conference of Army and Police in the Valley was held at Awantipora chaired by the Corps Commander; Chinar Corps to discuss security related issues in the Valley, a defence spokesperson said here on Friday.

The conference, he said, was attended by all senior Army including GOCs, Sector Commanders and COs as well as senior police officers in Kashmir Division including the IGP, DIGs North, Central and South Kashmir, SSPs and SPs of all districts.

“The GOC complimented all for the good work done and urged all to strive harder,” he said.

The spokesperson said that the recent militant attacks on civilians and security forces personnel were discussed in detail. He said that the forces also voiced concern on children of young age being manipulated by people with nefarious designs with drugs and false narratives.

The officers in the conference, he said, also pointed out to the alarming trend of the militants taking refuge in Masjids and Madrassas prior or after the act of committing “terror activities in an attempt to create communal disturbance”.

“The issue of drug menace in the valley and the negative effects manifesting because of it was deliberated upon. The Corps Commander and the IGP urged the parents to reach out to their children and help arrest this regressive evil,” he added.

Among the myriad of issues discussed in the forum, the spokesperson said that the aspect of secure and smooth conduct of the Amarnathji Yatra in the forthcoming summer factored prominently.

“The yatra this year is expected to draw large number of pilgrims as it is being resumed after a gap of two years due to the COVID restrictions. The agencies deliberated on the safety measures to be put in place and synergised efforts at ensuring a smooth flow of traffic of yatris and provision of administrative and medical assistance from available resources,” he added.

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