Home Minister chairs meet to review security in Kashmir ahead of Wani's anniversary

The meeting comes in the backdrop of inputs from the Multi-Agency Centre suggesting multiple attacks by the terror groups to mark the anniversary of Wani.

Published: 06th July 2017 10:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2017 10:30 PM   |  A+A-

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting at the North Block to review the security preparations in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the slain Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani.

Those who attended the meeting include Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain, Central Reserve Police Force Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar and Border Security Force chief KK Sharma.

The meeting comes in the backdrop of inputs from the Multi-Agency Centre suggesting multiple attacks by the terror groups to mark the anniversary of Wani, sources said.

After the meeting that lasted for close to two hours, the agencies were directed to remain vigilant on a 24/7 basis. The CRPF and BSF have also been asked to secure their camps.

During the last 48 hours, 35 to 40 inputs have been received by the Intelligence agencies suggesting the terror masterminds in Pakistan are desperate to mount major jehadi offensive targeting the security forces.

"We are well prepared to handle any situation in Kashmir. We have sent 214 companies of central forces to control any situation which may arise on July 8 and during Amarnath yatra," Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told reporters.    

The 214 companies (21,400 personnel) are in addition to the state police forces and Central forces deployed for anti-terrorist operations. The current deployment is the highest ever in the Valley, an official said.

The ISI-backed groups are said to be circulating videos eulogising Wani through social media groups. The United Jehad Council led by Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin has given a call to protest Wani’s killing on Monday.

The Union Home Ministry has also asked the security agencies to check the circulation of videos relating to Wani in the Valley.

The Intelligence inputs suggest the jehadis might resort to firing on security force’s personnel, hurl grenades on convoys and camps and even explosive-laden trucks into their establishment, the sources added.

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