AHEAD OF bypolls in South Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency, from where Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is contesting along with eight other candidates, police and Army have formulated a joint strategy to keep the polls free from violence.
A high-level meeting held in Anantnag discussed recent attacks on policemen in the town and the overall security scenario. The meeting was co-chaired by Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen Satish Dua and DGP K Rajender. Other senior police and Army officers also attended the meeting and gave suggestions to ensure security to the voters.
“During the deliberations on the overall security situation, the plans to ensure smooth conduct of the bypoll and maintaining robust counter terrorist grid in the hinterland were discussed,” said Defence spokesperson Lt Col N N Joshi. He said that special emphasis was given to enhance synergy between agencies to ensure a peaceful and incident-free election.
“The aspects of sharing of intelligence, joint planning, and situational awareness, flow of information and compatibility of communication equipment were deliberated upon,” he said.
Officials said they will be using latest technology to monitor the activities of militants and their sympathizers and also a plan was chalked out to deal with militancy-related incidents.
The meeting followed the killing of two policemen by militants at the bus stand in Anantnag town. A day before, militants had targeted a BSF convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at neighboring Bijbhera town, killing three jawans. These incidents had created panic in Anantnag and Bijbhera towns. DGP Rajender had said that these attacks were aimed at scaring the voters.
Security agencies have apprehensions that the militants might try to repeat the attacks in Anantnag to keep people away from the polling stations on June 22. The police had already issued a lookout notice for two militants, a local and a foreigner who were involved in Saturday’s killing.