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BJP leaders more vulnerable in Kashmir, fresh training to policemen guarding them: IGP

A day after a BJP leader survived a militant attack in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Police is mulling revamping the security cover of leaders “vulnerable” to militant attacks along with fresh training to those guarding them in view of recent incidents.

The remarks came a day after four militants attacked BJP leader Anwar Ahmad’s residence in Nowgam in Srinagar and a policeman, Rameez Raja, was killed.

Addressing a press conference at the police control room here, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said leaders from all political parties face threats in the Kashmir Valley, but some of them like those from the BJP are more vulnerable.

“The BJP leaders face more threat, and that is why I along with a DIG and the SSP took a review of the security cover of BJP and Apni Party leaders across the city yesterday. We checked where the deficiencies were, where is the need for improvement or increasing manpower or making bunkers stronger,” he said.
“We are on it and we are also increasing the morale of police personnel deployed for security duties. We will accordingly take concrete measures to ensure fool-proof security cover to those facing threats from militants. I assure you if there is another attack, it will be foiled,” Kumar said.

The IGP said that new standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be put in place to strengthen the security cover to “vulnerable” politicians.

“Our men deployed on duty for protected persons will get fresh training sessions, and new SOPs and advisories will be put in place. Local personal security officers of protected persons will be changed as they leave for their homes early if they belong to the same area where the protected person is living,” he said.

It is a challenge to provide security, but the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) is taking all measures to strengthen the security system, Kumar said.

“Many changes will take place, there will be revamped in the PSO (personal security officer) system. Protected persons or the JKP jawan are vulnerable as they are soft targets. This is a challenge, but we are taking measures,” he said.

Two of the four militants who attacked Ahmad’s residence on Thursday were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district on Friday. The other two are on the run, according to officials.

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