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PM for firm anti-terror actions in J&K

Manmohan asked securitymen to carry out result-oriented operations while keeping in mind the civilians' rights.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 16:47 IST

As terrorists stepped up violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday asked security forces to deal firmly with terrorists while keeping in mind the human rights of common people and collateral damage.

Chairing a 90-minute meeting of the Unified command, the Prime Minister was apprised by the Army and other paramilitary forces about the increased infiltration from across the border as compared to last year, official sources said.

Reviewing the situation in the border state, Singh asked the security forces to deal firmly with terrorism and carry out result-oriented operations while keeping in mind the safety and security of common people.

The Prime Minister told all the security personnel to strictly adhere to the prescribed dos and don'ts during anti-insurgency operations and ensure that human rights of the common people were not violated and no collateral damage caused, a senior police official said after the meeting.

He also complimented the security forces especially the state police for their anti-militancy operations, which had seen a virtually complete reduction in the human rights violations.

Singh also asked the forces to keep a tight vigil over the growing infiltration from across the border and laid special emphasis on the protection of minorities in the state. This statement was made in reference to the recent killings of Hindus in Doda and Udhampur district of Jammu region.

As Singh was chairing the Unified command meeting, in which top brass of Army, paramilitary forces and state police, were present, terrorists hurled a grenade at Qanmarwai in downtown Srinagar injuring two CRPF jawans and eight civilians.

There was, however, no demand for increase in security personnel by any of the agencies.

The Unified command meeting comes close on the heels of stepped up activities by terrorists who carried out two suicide attacks in a span of three days.

On Sunday, terrorists carried out a suicide attack on a Congress rally at Sher-e-Kashmir park in the heart of the city, which left seven persons, including two policemen and two terrorists dead and 22 others injured.

A day later, terrorists set off four grenade explosions at different parts of the city killing three persons including a tourist and wounding 30 others.

Last evening, a terrorist rammed an explosive-laden car into a BSF bus leaving 27 personnel injured. The terrorist was killed in the act.

Chairman of hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani was put under house arrest as the two-day general strike called by Geelani and almost all terrorist organisations against the Prime Minister's roundtable conference.

A police party was posted at the house of Geelani at Hyderpora on Srinagar Airport road on Wednesday with strict instructions not to allow the separatist leader out, official sources said.

Another separatist leader and Convenor of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (nanaji faction) Javid Ahmad Mir along with two of his close associates was detained by police on Tuesday evening, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the roads in Srinagar and other major towns of the valley wore a deserted look as people preferred to remain indoors in response to the strike call given by Geelani faction of the Hurriyat Conference and almost all terrorist outfits.

Stringent security arrangements also added to the impact of the strike call as all roads leading to the city were blocked by security forces deployed in strength to ward off any terrorist attack during the roundtable conference.

All shops and business establishments remained closed and transport off the roads throughout the city and other major towns of the valley.

Educational institutions, banks and other establishments remained closed while work in Government and semi-Government offices was also badly affected as the employees failed to reach their offices due to non-availability of transport.