Core Group Meeting At 15 Corps Hqrs6 March 2010
Srinagar: The security agencies have expressed apprehensions about rise in infiltration of militants from across the Line of Control (LoC) this year. This information was shared by security agencies during a Core Group Meeting (CGM) held at 15 Corps Headquarters, Badamibagh, here on Saturday. The meeting was co-chaired by Lt Gen N C Marwah GOC 15 Corps and DGP Kuldeep Khoda. The high level meeting was attended by senior army, police, CRPF, BSF intelligence and civil officials. “During the meeting, the infiltration issue was discussed threadbare. Army officials told the participants that they have got credible intelligence inputs about possibilities of rise in infiltration of militants from across the LoC this year,” sources, who were present in the meeting, told Rising Kashmir. They said officials of other security and intelligence agencies also shared the same views. “The officials said that effective and concerted measures have to be taken to prevent infiltration of militants,” they said. Sources said deliberations during the meeting were focused on the proposed strategy to be adopted to further harmonise and synergise conduct of joint operations between different security agencies to address “critical areas of concern”. The CGM also discussed the collateral damage caused during the recent gunfights in Kashmir. On February 23, 32 houses were allegedly set ablaze by troopers during an encounter with militants at Chinkipora, Sopore. The damage inflicted on public property has met with stern criticism and protests. “The participants in the meeting discussed reasons behind the collateral damage,” sources said. They said general law and situation in valley was discussed in the high level meeting. “The security agencies appreciated the steps taken by police to curb the growing stone pelting in Valley”. The protests and stone pelting incidents have increased manifold in the Valley. Police has launched crackdown on the stone throwers and arrested dozens of youth. Several of them have been booked under infamous Public Safety Act.