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Use drones to nab attackers: Kashmir police chief tells officers as militant attacks rise

In the aftermath of the recent militant attacks, the Inspector General of Police of Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, chaired a review meeting through video conferencing on Tuesday, in which it was stressed to use drones besides others measures to track the attackers.

In the meeting, which was attended by senior police officers, Kumar was briefed about the overall security scenario in their respective areas and the security measures being adopted to counter the challenges.

While interacting with the officers, the IGP urged upon them to revisit the existing security deployments, including checkpoints at strategic locations, surprise nakas, and limited surprise CASOs in crowded places.

He also urged the officers to strategise the deployments on a day-to-day basis to thwart attacks in view of the huge rush of tourists and the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.

He also stressed better synergy and coordination with other security agencies deployed in their respective areas, besides ensuring regular briefing of the manpower working under their command at all the levels on the ground.

Highlighting the importance of the measures to be adopted post-terrorist attack, the IGP directed the officers to formulate a proper Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) so that all proactive measures are adopted immediately, which include Cardon And Search Operations (CASOs), placing cut-off points on exit routes, use of drones etc. to avoid the escape of culprits/suspects.

Kumar also directed the officers to review the existing security deployed with the vulnerable persons residing in their respective areas.

He further instructed the officers to ensure better coordination and synergy with them, besides formulating a mechanism so that prior to their visit to any place or area, they inform the local PCR/concerned police station, for their hassle-free and secure movement.

It was also decided that a proper SOP regarding the security of protected/vulnerable persons containing DOs/DON’Ts shall be formulated and issued shortly.

The IGP also reiterated the need to enhance the anti-terrorist grid by generating specific intelligence and intensifying CASOs/anti-terrorist operations in their respective districts and take all proactive steps for maintaining peace and stability in their respective areas.

He instructed the officers to keep a strict vigil over the terrorist associates and take all necessary measures under the law against them.

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