Jammu and Kashmir: Celebrations amidst high alert this festive season

Jammu and Kashmir: Celebrations amidst high alert this festive season

New Delhi: on Wednesday home Minister Mr.Rajnath Singh chaired a high level meeting with Defence minister Mr. Manhor Parikar, NSA Mr.Ajit Doval  and other officials to review the  internal security  of the country. Officials briefed Ministers about the encounter that lasted more than 57 hours between security forces and militants in Pompore of Jammu and Kashmir and situation along LOC.

There is no doubt that infiltration attempts have increased after the surgical strikes carried out by India across LoC. Terrorist are looking for an opportunity to avenge the surgical strikes. So far, Thanks to our security forces they have been unsuccessful in doing so.

As Diwali is around the corner, a huge gathering of people is expected around markets, streets and Railway station. Airport terror groups are also preparing for an attack to avenge surgical in mind. With respect to this Home ministry and Defence ministry has issued an alert to various states. Government has also decided to deploy additional troops to highly sensitive areas.

The anti-terror units, emergency response vehicles and SWAT teams have been asked to be on alert and deployed outside important locations, including railways stations and airports. The security agencies have laced barricades at all major roads and have intensified checking every suspicious vehicle.

“All the security mechanism has been placed and high alert has been issued. The personnel have been sensitized to remain alert,” said Delhi Police Spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.

A senior IPS officer said: “We have been told to be on high alert. Not just the surgical attack but this is also a festival season. For the past few days, we are in the field in morning and evening rush hours.”

The police have also stepped up security outside the residence of VVIPs and also in areas around the Parliament. Sources said after the Uri attack on September 18, the security had sent alerts of possible terror strikes in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, following which security was stepped up in places that see heavy footfall.

Security has been increased on campuses, in markets, malls, airport, temples, multiplexes, metro stations, hospitals and hotels after recent intelligence inputs indicated probable terrorist strike threats against them.

In addition to increased patrolling and police presence across Delhi districts, all station house officers have been told to ensure that CCTV cameras in their areas are functioning. “We have started the checks in phases. The CCTV cameras that were not functional are being fixed on priority. The places include crowded marketplaces, malls (and) parking lots. The district DCPs have also been asked to check the fitness of the quick reaction team vehicles and prepare a report,” the officer said.

The police has also banned the use of all sub-conventional aerial platforms, ranging from drones to paragliders, from October 11 to November 6.

Police have also appealed to people, shopkeepers and people travelling by train, bus and Metro to watch their surroundings and alert the police on seeing anything suspicious.

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