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J&K: For safety of cops, IGP issues advisory

On the day a police vehicle came under militant attack on the outskirts of Srinagar, the J&K Police asked its men living in militancy-infested areas to take extra precautions for their security during the Eid festivities.“Keeping in mind the attacks on the police, as the head I have to ensure safety and security of my men. I have told my men to be extra careful about their security during Eid,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan said.There have been three attacks on the police in Kashmir this week.

On Thursday evening, Sub-Inspector Gowhar Ahmad Malla was wounded when militants fired at him while he was playing volleyball at Barbugh Imamsahab, Shopian, over 60 km from Srinagar.

On August 28, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the police was shot dead by militants in Anantnag while he was regulating traffic.Sources said district heads of police have already sensitised their personnel about the Eid leave and also men with high risk have been suggested to avoid crowded places, so that they don’t become soft targets.

“The advisory issued on Eid to policemen is aimed at ensuring their safety,” another police officer said.In April this year, following increased incidents of militants harassing family members of police personnel, the J&K Police had asked its men, especially in the volatile south Kashmir, to avoid visiting homes for next few months.

There is an input about a possible militant attack during the Eid festivity.Inspector General, CRPF, Ravideep Sahi, said there was a “high threat that militants may target security forces’ camps in coming days.”

“There is an alert that militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Toiba may carry out attacks. So we are on an alert,” Sahi said.