Uri terror attack: J&K Governor, CM review security situation

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting at Raj Bhavan here?to review the security situation in the state in the wake of the terror attack on an army base in Uri that left 17 soldiers dead.

“After the terror arrack, Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mufti had held urgent consultations and decided to convene an emergency security review meeting later in the day,” a spokesman of the Raj Bhavan said.

The Governor observed that in the background of the Poonch and Uri terror attacks, it was of crucial importance to enhance surveillance on the security of all vital civil and military establishments in the state.

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Vohra recalled his directions earlier this year, after the Pathankot terror attack, for a multi-agency security audit being carried out by all the security forces and other concerned agencies to identify and fill up every existing gap for ensuring an effective and prompt counter-terror response on all fronts.

During the discussions, officers of the army, security forces and the state police reported the actions already taken and those underway for safeguarding important establishments and vital installations.

The Governor and the Chief Minister stressed the need for cohesive action for enforcing a constant vigil on the frontiers, stepping up counter-terrorism operations and effectively maintaining internal security.

They also reiterated the need for very close coordination being maintained amongst all the departments and agencies for ensuring prompt responses to ensure?safety and security of the civilian population.

The meeting also discussed various important issues relating to the effective enforcement of the counter-infiltration and counter-terrorism grids along the IB and LoC in the Jammu and Kashmir regions.

“Continued cohesive action by all the security forces in close concert with the civil administration was stressed for securing early restoration of public order,” the spokesman said.

The Governor and the Chief Minister also appealed to the people of state to maintain sustained vigilance to avert any fresh attempt by inimical elements to disturb the security environment in the Kashmir Valley.

The meeting was attended by B R Sharma, Chief Secretary,?K Rajendra Kumar, Director General of Police; B B Vyas, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister; S P Vaid, Special DG (Coordination & Law and Order);?P K Tripathi, Principal Secretary to Governor; R K Goyal, Home Secretary; Baseer Ahmed Khan, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Zulfikar Hassan, IG (Ops), CRPF; S J M Gillani, IGP Kashmir; Vikash Chandra, IG, BSF Kashmir and the head of the Intelligence Bureau in J&K.