J&K DGP puts security grid on high alert for ensuing fortnight

Abid Bashir 

Srinagar (NVI): Director General of Police Dilbag Singh today asked security forces in the Valley to remain extra alert for the ensuing fortnight and put into use all resources so that the religious festival of Eid-ul-Azha as well as the Independence Day celebration pass off peacefully in the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory.

Chairing a high-level security meeting here, the DGP said that there will be provocations by the “anti-national and anti-social elements during this period and as such, all the policemen deployed on nakas, for operations, on static guards and other deployments need to be briefed on a regular basis.”

“He complimented the officers and said that a lot of good work has been done during the last few months on operations as well as on the law & order front. However, the guard cannot be lowered and there is a need to consolidate the gains,” the DGP was quoted as saying by a police spokesperson in a statement issued here.

The high-level security review meeting was held at Police Headquarters (PHQ) Srinagar in which overall security scenario of the J&K, particularly security arrangements ahead of Eid al-Adha, and August 15 Independence Day were discussed. The efforts of collective fight against COVID-19 by the Police, CAPFs and Civil Administration were also discussed, the spokesperson said.

The meeting was attended by ADGP (CID) J&K RR Swain, ADGP (Cord) SJM Gillani, ADGP Law & Order/Headquarter (PHQ), AG Mir, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P Pole, IGP CRPF (Ops) Rajesh Kumar, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, IGP CRPF PK Pandey, DIG BSF BK Jha, DIG SSB Ranjeet Singh, DIG CRPF DS Maan, IYC (Ops) ITBP NS Bhandari and officers of Police Headquarters.

IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh, all range DIGs and all-district SSPs of J&K attended the meeting via video conference.

“The DGP said that all the efforts must be put in place to enhance the security of vulnerable people and places. He said that the officers can take the decisions keeping in view the local requirements, conditions etc,” the spokesperson said.

The DGP also said that all the logistics such as BP Bunkers fitted with CCTVs have been provided and advised the officers that these resources must be made good use of. “The incidents of sensitive and law & order nature must be recorded and later on analysed,” he said.

The DGP said that the supervisory officers must ensure that the jawans on duty remain alert and put on BP (Bullet Proof) patkas, jackets to safeguard themselves and also do their duties efficiently.

With regard to COVID, the DGP said that the security forces need to continue to take all precautions and all the resources which have been made available must be put to use. Police Headquarters will be at the beck and call of the districts and units for any requirements which they may highlight.

The DGP said that plasma donations by the police personnel, an initiative under the supervision of ADGP Coordination SJM Gillani, has been appreciated by the civilians as precious lives are being saved through this attempt. He said that the units and districts must make a list of police personnel who can be screened for plasma donation. The donors must be duly rewarded.

He further advised that due precautions and COVID protocols must be followed during the celebration of the religious as well as national festivals.

All the officers attending the meeting briefed the DGP about the current scenario in their respective areas and assured that all the orders and advisories will be implemented in letter & spirit.

-ARK