Security forces demanded to revamp security network and launch coordinated operations against militants in Kashmir

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Security forces deployed in the Kashmir Valley have been told to revamp the security network following recent minority killings and the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, sources said. The sources, citing government instructions, said J&K’s security grid had to be revamped following the killings of Kashmiri Pandits in the recent past and also to launch a coordinated operation against hybrid terrorists active in Jammu and -Cashmere.

The incident of the Katra bus fire, suspected to be the work of a terrorist group, also adds a new dimension to the threat perspective in Jammu and Kashmir considering the Amarnath Yatra, they added. According to the sources, J&K police have been asked to reinforce the large-scale electronic surveillance system in the areas where minorities reside in the Kashmir valley as well as on the roads leading to the Amarnath Yatra base camps in Baltal and Pahalgam.

Central security agency officials hinted at a coordinated counter-terrorism operation soon to eliminate terrorists in the valley. “Operations against terrorists have been carried out in the Kashmir valley but coordinated counter-operations with the central security forces, the army and the specialized counter-terrorism group of the J&K police will be launched to flush out the militants very soon. who are hiding in the Kashmir valley,” sources in the security set up said.

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The sources added that the central forces as well as J&K police will keep at least 15 pockets under constant surveillance via drones and CCTV cameras which will be connected to the police control room in Srinagar. During a security situation review meeting in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah ordered security forces and police to carry out proactively coordinated counter-terrorism operations in the wake of the recent killings and also bearing in mind the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.

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He said the forces should ensure the absence of cross-border infiltration to eradicate terrorism in the territory of the Union. Ensuring the safety of Amarnath Yatra is the priority of the government despite the fact that this year the number of pilgrims could be six to seven lakh. The Amarnath Yatra will start on June 30 after a two-year hiatus.

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