New SoPs being framed to prevent attacks on security forces: IGP Kashmir

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): New Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) are being framed to prevent terror attacks on security forces in Kashmir, especially the CRPF security personnel deployed on highways as part of the Road Opening Parties (ROPs), IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said today.

“New SoPs are being framed and it won’t be feasible to divulge details of the same at this juncture due to security reasons,” the IGP said while interacting with media at the wreath-laying ceremony of two CRPF jawans in Srinagar who were killed in a terror attack at Kandizal area of Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district yesterday.

2 CRPF jawans were killed in the Pampore attack yesterday. 3 others were injured. (Photo via arrangement)

Also present on the occasion, IG CRPF for operations, Deepak Rattan, said that focus of the SoPs will be to ensure that militants don’t succeed in killing CRPF personnel deployed on highways as part of the Road Opening Parties (ROPs). “CRPF is primarily responsible for the RoPs and clearance of highways in Kashmir. So there will be a level of extra alertness to foil militants’ designs on highways,” he said, adding that “any retaliation by forces on highways can lead to civilian casualties, which our men are avoiding.”

Asked whether militants managed to take away weapons of slain CRPF jawans at Pampore, he said: “No weapon was snatched by militants as they fled on the bike.”

Sources in the security grid said that in the next two days, a high-level security review will take place in Srinagar to discuss threadbare the attacks by militants on highways and other busy areas of the region while a strategy will be devised to prevent killing of security forces’ personnel if militants try to target forces.

Yesterday, two CRPF personnel were killed and three others sustained bullet injuries when two bike-borne militants fired at them near Kandizaal bridge in Pampore on Srinagar outskirts. Before that, militants had attacked police party on August 14 at Nowgam byepass in Srinagar, killing two policemen while their riffles were also snatched.

-ARK