We are in constant touch with the minorities to ensure their security: CRPF

Srinagar: A senior Central Armed Police Force officer in Kashmir on Friday said the security forces are in constant touch with the minorities to ensure their safety and security.

Inspector General of Central Reserve Police Force (operations) Kashmir, M S Bhatia said efforts were being made to ensure foolproof security to the minorities.

“We are in constant touch with the minorities wherever they are residing and efforts are being made to provide them adequate security cover and to further enhance their security,” Bhatia told reporters in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.

There has been a series of attacks on Kashmiri Pandits and other members of the minority community in the Valley since the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in 2019. The latest killing took place on Sunday when a Kashmiri Pandit Sajnay Sharma working as a security guard at a bank was shot dead by militants in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Two days later police shot dead two local militants in Awantipora and claimed the slain were involved in the killing of Sharma.

On the induction of high- tech weaponry and vehicles during anti militancy operations, IG Bhatia said the technological upgrade was a must and it acts as a force multiplier.

In a recent gunbattle in Awantipora, the CRPF introduced critical situation response vehicles and bullet-proof JCB.

“ The technological upgradation boosts the morale and confidence of jawans as they see that the government is concerned about their safety,” Bhata said.

The IG said the number of active militants in Kashmir keeps fluctuating and the security forces have an upper hand.

“Operations against the terrorists are going on in a well-coordinated manner,” he said.


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