Antony Reviews Security in Jammu and Kashmir
Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday carried out a comprehensive review of national security, particularly the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, against the backdrop of the recent clean chit given to Army personnel in the alleged Patribal encounter case and the likely spill over of terror after the US forces’ draw down from Afghanistan this year.
The meeting also condoled the death of over 20 persons in the recent boat tragedy in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in which the Indian Navy and Coast Guard personnel were involved in the rescue efforts.
Ministry and Defence sources said the routine meeting, also attended by Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and the three services chiefs, discussed Kashmir security, as the winter months would soon be over and as snow melts, more infiltration attempts by terrorists from across the border could increase.
Though the clean chit in the encounter case, judged by an Army court, which took over from a civilian court two years ago, was not directly discussed, the political controversy generated by it, with all parties getting into a blame game, came in for a debate. It was felt that the issue could be used by anti-India forces to trigger trouble and hence, the security forces need to be wary of the situation.
“However, no discussion on a review of the Army court’s ruling in the Patribal case or ordering a fresh probe was ever mentioned in the meeting,” sources said.