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J-K: Joint team to undertake security audit of defence establishments

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by State Governor N N Vohra on Friday to review the existing arrangements for the safety and security of all vital Civil and Defence establishments and installations in J&K.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: January 15, 2016 9:00:28 pm

POST terror attack on Pathankot airbase, a joint team comprising senior officers of state police, para-military and defence forces, besides intelligence agencies will undertake complete security audit of all the vital establishments and installations across Jammu & Kashmir by January 21.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by State Governor N N Vohra on Friday to review the existing arrangements for the safety and security of all vital Civil and Defence establishments and installations in J&K. While reiterating the importance of maintaining close coordination amongst all the agencies, he emphasized the need for appropriate prompt action, as also the use of available science and technology techniques to the maximum possible extent to ensure safety and security of civil population.

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The meeting was attended among others by Chief Secretary B R Sharma, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command Lt General D S Hooda, Special Director General of CRPF Dr S K Bhagat, State’s Home Secretary R K Goyal, Director General of Police K Rajendra, GOC 16 Corps Lt General R R Nimborkar, GOC 15 Corps Lt General S K Dua, GOC 9 Corps Lt General Ashok Ambre, besides various other senior civil, police, para military and intelligence officers.

After an over three hour long discussions, “it was decided that a Multi Disciplinary Agency team comprising senior officers of the State Police, Central Armed Police Forces, Air Force, Army, Intelligence Agencies and other concerned stakeholders would undertake a complete Security Audit of all vital establishments and installations in J&K and complete this task by January 21 this year,’’ a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said. “It was also agreed that there would be a further Review Meeting at the end of January 2016,’’ the spokesperson added.

Earlier, Governor observed that in view of terror attack on Pathankot Air Base terror attack, it was of vital importance to review the existing status of the security of important Defence and State Government’s establishments in J&K. Stressing the need of cohesive action being taken to enforce constant vigil on the frontiers, effectively maintaining internal security and ensuring the safety of sensitive establishments and installations, he asked representatives of all the security forces, police and other agencies to identify all existing gaps and ensure total fusion of manpower and technology resources on the ground for providing a prompt and strong counter terror response on all fronts.

The officers of Army, security forces and state police informed about the actions already taken and those under way for ensuring that important establishments and installations were safeguarded. The meeting also reviewed the security situation in all the border areas of the State, along the IB, LoC and the LaC and identified issues which required to be dealt with on urgent basis.

Consequent to recurring terror attacks since September 2013 across the IB and LoC and more particularly the recent attack on the Air Force Base at Pathankot, the Governor had been speaking to the State Chief Secretary, Police Chief, Northern Army Commander and senior Commanders of Security Forces and urging them to undertake a time-bound review of all existing security arrangements, the spokesperson pointed out. The Governor has been repeatedly expressing anxiety over the recurrence of terror attacks across the Pakistan border, he added.

It was noted that since September 2013, twelve terror attacks have led to the killing of 51 persons including nearly three dozen army, para military and police personnel in Kathua, Samba, Arnia, Udhampur, Tangdhar and Pathankot. All these terror attacks targeted state police, Central Armed Police Force, Army and Air Force personnel.

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