The Jammu and Kashmir police has sought to counter the negative perception of the successful counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir last year leading to elimination of a number terrorists in Srinagar and OGW (over ground workers) network in the Valley.
“While unprecedented work has taken place in terms of a large number of Counter-Terrorist operations in Srinagar, eliminating terrorists and their OGW (Over Ground Workers) network operating in the city during 2020, such acts, however, didn’t go well with the public perception on improving security environment for the last over two years. Therefore, the senior officers from Kashmir Zone and the CRPF shall have to put their heads together to counter such trending,” reads a recent letter of Jammu and Kashmir police Director General Dilbag Singh to the Special DG CRPF, ADGP (now DGP) CID, J&K Jammu, Joint Director of Intelligence Bureau, Kashmir and IG (Operations), CRPF, Srinagar.
In order to further ramp up the security set in the Valley, the top J&K police official also stressed on the use of technology at some selected spots for recognition of known terrorists, OGWs/suspects, especially in vulnerable areas in order to check the movement of undesirable elements.
In most of the terror incidents, vehicles have been used by the ultras to reach the target and escape from the scene after the terror acts and a checking plan of vehicles is required on a daily basis in a surprise manner on different routes and on different timings should be included in the plan, according to the top official.
Counter measures like CCTV cameras, vehicle mounted cameras and other surveillance gadgetry like drones and facial recognition systems need to be used in crowded places under surveillance. “Installation of CCTV cameras under the Smart City Project needs to be expedited for which concerned authority may be sensitized and activated,” reads the letter.
The DGP also emphasized on the need to generate intelligence by all the field officers especially relating to newly joined terrorists and their OGWs in Srinagar as well as their network outside the city. The terrorists’ database should be updated and utilised at checkpoints to identify the ultras and their associates.