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Pulwama attack aftermath: Study group set up to strengthen security along Jammu-Srinagar Highway

In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, Police has said that a study group has been set up to suggest measures to strengthen security along the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar highway.

Police Chief Dilbag Singh said two suicide attacks were foiled by police with killing of two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants after the February 14 attack in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed.

“We have constituted a study group which will be surveying the highway within next two days and suggest measures for further strengthening the security mechanism on the vital road,” Singh told reporters here tonight.

Sharing details about the arrest of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘suicide bomber’ Owais Amin, a resident of Shopian district of south Kashmir, who made an ‘abortive attempt’ to target a Jammu-bound CRPF convoy near Banihal in Ramban district on Saturday.

Singh claimed that the Pakistani hand behind the unsuccessful attack cannot be ruled out.

Amin was arrested within 36 hours of the incident by a joint team of police and the Army near Jawahar Tunnel when he was trying to flee.

Jammu-Srinagar highway is the only all-weather road that links Kashmir with rest of the country and witnesses heavy traffic movement, including vehicles of security forces moving in and out of the valley, on daily basis.

“We are always concerned with the security of the commuters including the convoys. Soon after this incident happened, we luckily got timely clues and with coordinated efforts with other security forces and Army were able to nab the culprit,” Singh said.

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