Advisor to JK Guv reviews ‘internal security situation’ in Kashmir

Srinagar: Advisor to the Governor, Vijay Kumar, Tuesday reviewed the internal security situation in Kashmir valley.

A police official said that Advisor Kumar chaired a security review meeting at Police Headquarters (PHQ) Srinagar on Tuesday.

“The meeting was attended by Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, Dilbag Singh, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, SP Pani and senior officers of Police CRPF and SSB,” he said.

As per reports, the armed forces and their intelligence units in Jammu and Kashmir suspect that a few highly skilled snipers could be active in the Valley, after an Army soldier and two paramilitary personnel were killed in long-range stealth attacks this week.

Snipers who can hide at a single spot undetected for a long time and withdraw after making a kill could also pose a high threat to high profile targets in the valley, sources said.

The recent sniper attacks, reportedly by Jaish-e-Mohammed militants, has emerged as a new source of worry for the agencies in Kashmir Valley.

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These attacks in close occurrence of each other in the past month have prompted the armed forces to re-calibrate their strategy.

The first such attack took place at Newa in Pulwama, on September 18, when a CRPF personnel was injured. Officials thought it to be a one-off strike till the recent spate of sniper attacks that claimed the lives of a Sashastra Seema Bal personnel, an Army personnel in Tral, and a CISF personnel in Nowgam.

Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Rajendra Prasad was shot in the face around 1 am, while guarding a power grid station, and succumbed to his injuries.

The militants using sniper rifle also carried out the attack on 42 RR camp in Luragam at around 9pm, killing sepoy Ngamsiamliana who was on guard duty, they said.

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