It was a ‘snake attack’, says DGP Rajendra Kumar

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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.

It was a ‘snake attack’, says DGP Rajendra Kumar
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. Our forces are alert and will ensure incident-free pilgrimage,” the DGP said.
Asked whether reports of “successful infiltration” were true, the J&K police chief said: “Yes some infiltration has taken place and it’s because they are desperate to make their presence felt.”
To a query whether the two more militants, who were reportedly part of the Pampore attack, were on the run, the DGP said they are looking and investigating into all links. “We will get them. We will bring the perpetrators of the attack to book.”
Talking to reporters, Special DG of CRPF, PVK Reddy, who had come all the way from New Delhi to pay floral tributes to eight slain CRPF men at RTC Humhama, said the incidents like Pampore do take place where there is militancy. “Our men were coming from Lethpora and they were really ambushed at Pampore. Five of the injured men are still in the Intensive Care Unit and rest of the injured are safe,” he said. “Our men valiantly fought back and killed two militants.” He said forces are alert to meet any eventuality and only police can comment whether the two of the remaining militants have managed to enter Srinagar.