ollowing the targeted killings of individuals in the Kashmir valley in the last six days, the head of the Intelligence Bureau’s Counter Terror (CT) operations on Friday arrived in Srinagar to supervise the operations carried out by the security forces.
The counter-terrorism teams of other national security agencies had arrived in the valley yesterday to assist the Jammu & Kashmir police as a force multiplier, sources in the security establishment were quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
While the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir was reviewed on Thursday by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, it was decided to deploy the specialised counter terrorism teams of the security agencies while sleuths of the intelligence agencies including IB and R&AW would monitor the situation. The meeting was attended by NSA Ajit Doval, IB chief Arvind Kumar and R&AW Secretary Samant Goel.
The Home Minister also held separate discussions with the NSA and R&AW chief on the J&K situation to handle the ‘lone wolf’ attacks in the valley.
Killing a civilian after ascertaining the identity of the victim in broad daylight poses a new challenge for the security forces in the valley and these killings have been carried out by youths who have not even joined any terrorist cadre yet. In most of the incidents, small weapons like pistols were used for these killings, sources added.
Since January this year, a total of 28 people have been killed in Jammu & Kashmir. Except seven, all were Muslims.
As per the report about Thursday’s killing of two teachers, Supinder Kaur and Deepak Chand were the only non-Muslims in the school who were separated from the other teachers and were shot dead from close range.