Jammu: Governor Satya Pal Malik has directed Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to inquire the Pulwama incident and suggest precautions to minimise civilian casualties in anti-militancy operations
He said that during a security review meeting involving senior security officers.
He undertook a detailed review of Law and Order and other security related issues at Raj Bhavan here this evening.
Governor expressed grief over the loss of lives during the anti militancy operation in Sirnoo area of Pulwama district today, in which 7 civilians died after post- operation clashes.
Governor reviewed the latest security scenario in Kashmir including details of the counter infiltration and counter terrorist operations undertaken recently.
He directed the security forces to minimize the collateral damage during ‘anti-terror’ operations.
Malik recommended people-friendly measures during such operations, asking the security forces and the administration to address the post operations complications, a press statement said
After reviewing the prevailing security situation and arising challenges Governor emphasized the crucial importance of maintaining sustained close watch on the ground situation, and appreciated the sustained real timecoordination and synergy between the Security Forces and the Civil Administration.
Pained by the unnecessary and avoidable loss of civilian lives in operation, Governor appealed to the people to keep a distance from areas where anti-militancy operations are in progress. He appealed to them not to go near such areas during or immediately after such operations.
Governor directe forces to give time for people to evacuate from an area during an anti-militancy operation as per the laid down Standard Operating Procedure.
The meeting was attended by Sh. K Vijay Kumar Advisor to Governor; Sh.B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Sh. Dilbagh Singh, Director General of Police; Sh. Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Sh. R.K. Goyal, Principal Secretary Home; Sh. SDS Jamwal, IGP Jammu and officers of State and Central Police forces; Sh. Baseer Khan, Div. Commissioner Kashmir; Sh. Muneer Khan, ADGP, Law andOrder; Sh. S.P. Pani, IGP, Kashmirand Sh. Ravideep Singh Sahi, IG CRPF participated in the meeting through video conferencing