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Srinagar militant attacks: forces’ new strategy; ‘surprise search operations’, ‘flash checkpoints, snipers at high-rises’

Owing to the growing number of militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir summer capital Srinagar, the government forces in the disputed region have come up with a new counter strategy, which includes the use of drones and “surprise-limited cordon and search operations”.

Top officials of the military grid which met in Srinagar on Saturday framed a fresh strategy to prevent such attacks in future and issue some fresh advisories to men on ground.

The city, last week saw, two militant attacks in three days in which two policemen were shot dead from a point blank rage on the high security airport road. On Friday, a regular morning cup of tea proved fatal for two policemen who were gunned down in broad daylight in an upmarket Srinagar area, an incident witnessed by several people and captured on CCTV cameras.

Reports had said the nearby police station and a security bunker at the beginning of a lane had given them the confidence to go to the tea shop unarmed.

A police spokesman in a statement said that Inspector General of Police for Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, chaired a detailed security review after the recent militant attacks in Srinagar.

The top officers from the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force were also part of the meeting at the Police Control Room in Srinagar.

“The participating officers presented an overview of the steps initiated by them in their respective areas to counter such attacks and other challenges faced at the ground level,” the statement said

The spokesperson said that while interacting with the officers, the IGP Kashmir urged upon the participating officers that it is of crucial importance to enhance security surveillance of all vital establishments & locations.

“He also highlighted the importance of round the clock checkpoints at strategic locations, surprise checkpoints, surprise-limited cordon and search operations in crowded places, placing cut-off points on exit routes immediately after attacks, use of drones and dominating from high reaches,” the police spokesman said.

The IG Kashmir directed snipers to be placed on high-rise buildings, relocating permanent bunkers, reports said.

On Wednesday, last week militants shot at and injured the son of a popular eatery owner in the city’s high security Durganag area at a time when a 24-member delegation of envoys from various countries visited Jammu and Kashmir to assess the ground situation. The envoys were staying at a hotel barely 200 metres from the spot of the attack.

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