Patna, July 4 (IANS): One CRPF officer was killed Friday morning in a Maoist attack…
Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar Sunday said that militants were desperate to make their presence felt in Kashmir and the Saturday’s Pampore ambush was a “snake’s attack” at a place where vehicles have to slow their speed due to huge traffic inflow.
The DGP said the security review of highways is a routine and elaborate arrangements have been put in place to thwart any possible attack by the militants.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of wreath-laying ceremony of eight CRPF men—who were killed in Pampore yesterday—the DGP said: “Be it attack on BSF convoy at Bijbehara or the one at Anantnag and the latest one at Pampore, all these are desperate attacks. In last six months, we have killed a good number of militants including their leaders and to overcome the causalities they suffered, militants are trying to show their presence.”
About the Pampore ambush, he said the CRPF men were travelling in a bus. “In this attack, our alert forces didn’t allow the attackers to escape; they were neutralized unlike the two previous attacks. The militants chose a place where vehicles have to slow down the speed due to the huge traffic inflow,” he said.
Asked whether CRPF men paid heed to the alert sounded for the highways by police, he said it was due to the alertness of the forces that two militants were killed. “It was a snake’s attack. The forces were alert and they had the intelligence input,” he said.
About reviewing of highway security in the wake of upcoming Amarnath Yatra, he said all arrangements have been put in place to ensure smooth pilgrimage. “We took a review meeting in Jammu recently and do review the security measures that include highway security, law and order and overall measures, regularly.