Army gears up to provide security cover to Jammu region during polls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2014 22:13 IST

To review security arrangements in the 10 assembly segments of Jammu region going to polls in the first phase of electione, a core group security meeting was held at Nagrota's White Knight Corps headquarters on Wednesday.

The meeting was co-chaired by the general officer commanding, White Knight Corps, Lt Gen KH Singh and DGP K Rajendra Kumar (IPS).
During the meeting, a joint strategy was chalked out in detail among all the agencies to ensure peace and stability in the region and ensure incident-free elections in the state, an army statement issued here said.

Lt Gen KH Singh stated that the army has been "aggressively dominating" the Line of Control (LoC) and the hinterland thus ensuring peaceful and secure environment in the area.

A core group security meeting was held at Nagrota's White Knight Corps headquarters on Wednesday.HT Photo

A spurt in terrorist activities is generally seen before the elections, especially in the Valley. The Centre has reportedly decided to curtail deployment of central paramilitary forces during elections this time as compared to the deployment in 2008 elections. Though there has been relative peace along the
borders, intelligence agencies do not rule out the possibility of desperate attempts from across the border to disturb the polling process in the state.

The GOC appreciated the high levels of synergy in operations exhibited by all security agencies in recent times. He said elections are a most democratic process and it must be ensured they are held without fear.
He said the army is ready to face any challenges and is ready to counter them.

The GOC said the army is aware of the importance of elections and is geared up to provide a secure umbrella during the poll process.

DGP Kumar, while appreciating the army's role in bringing normalcy in the state, said all security agencies must work in tandem.

Additional DGP SN Sahay, commissioner (special branch) Abhjit Halder, CRPF IG (Jammu Zone), Kuldip Dhar, IG BSF (Jammu Zone) Rakesh Sharma and IGP Jammu Rajesh Kumar also attended the meeting.

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