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Sopore attack: police chief admits to security lapse, shifts blame on head of municipal councillors

Admitting the security lapse in the Sopore militant attack in which two municipal councillors and a cop were killed, Inspector General of Police for Kashmir Vijay Kumar Tuesday admitted to security lapses.

He said that had the Personal Security Officers present at the spot retaliated, militants would not have succeeded in their efforts.

He said four PSOs have been suspended while an alleged militant-worker has been arrested who has revealed that the plan to carry out the attack was hatched by a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant and a foreigner at his home.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the wreath-laying ceremony of a CRPF trooper, who was injured in the Lawaypora militant attack and succumbed on Monday, the IGP said: “There have been some security lapse in Sopore attack. There were four PSOs present and had they retaliated, the militants would not have succeeded in their efforts.”

He said that the Municipal Committee chairman of Sopore had not informed the police about the meeting. “So there was no additional deployment. But still, four PSOs were enough to retaliate which they didn’t,” the Kashmir police chief said.

He said that police and other forces will intensify the anti-militancy operations and those involved in the Sopore attack will be either be killed or arrested. “One OGW has been arrested already and after interrogating him, we have come to know that one LeT militant Mudasir along with a foreigner carried out the attack,” the IGP said.

Asked whether vehicles with outside registration numbers are being used by militants in J&K, the Kashmir police chief said that a few vehicles seized recently were used by militants to carry out attacks on security forces including the one used for the Lawaypora attack.

“That’s why RTO has issued an order making it mandatory for vehicles with outside registration to register the same within 15 days,” Kumar said, adding that police will plug the loopholes in the days ahead and also conduct short-refresher courses for the PSOs.

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