On last Friday Amit Shah-Union Home Minister arrived for a short visit to Jammu and Kashmir. The high-profile visit of Union Home minister was aimed to meet the families of the Dangri firing incident and express solidarity.
Amit Shah, ever since he became the home minister in the Union government often visited the militancy affected families in Jammu and Kashmir and shared the grief and pain the families may go through after losing their loved ones.
However, Shah during his visit would often take on militants and Pakistan for its proxy war in Kashmir.
This time, he however was unable to fly to Rajouri and meet the Dangri village victim families due to bad weather conditions. 7 people including two children were shot dead by terrorists in the village in two separate incidents on January 1 and 2.
It left the security and intelligence agencies shocked who launched a massive manhunt in three districts of Rajouri, Kishtwar and Poonch. Additional forces were rushed to the three districts of Chenab valley including 18 battalions of CRPF and SOG men from Udhampur, Kathua and Ramban.
The official sources suggest that the search operations across the three districts have been continued and are expanded to residential and forest areas. All exit routes are blocked with thick deployment of forces.
On directions of the state government, the local Village Defence Committees are expanded and trained to counter the threats of terrorism.
State authorities have directed the police to provide the ex-service men Single Loaded Rifles (SLR) to strengthen the local committees against the threats. The weapons of VDC members are audited by VDC local police members and replaced with fresh and more effective weapons.
This is, however, the precursor of the larger plans of the security grid’s overhaul intended by the Union Government.
Amit Shah during the press conference in Jammu said that in three months’ time, the Union government will plan out the fresh security planning aiming to counter terrorism in 360 degrees.
He said that the Pakistan backed proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir shall be received with strong response.
“A strategy is to be built to destroy the ecosystem of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The war on terrorism is continuing but the people and network that back it shall be destroyed,” he told the media persons.
Dangri village incident, security forces believe shall be seen separately. The idea apparently seems, the officials claim, was to spark communal tensions in the region which has mixed population and is equally sensitive given some past experience.
All political parties have condemned the Dangri firing incident and urged people not to let communal forces succeed in their designs.
The people on the other hand also stood united and observed complete shutdown for two days to express their solidarity with the victim families.
The security forces, however, are continuously man hunting the persons involved in the attack.
So far 60 people have been detained and are being investigated if they have any information or involved in the act.
Following the abrogation of Article 370, the government has already devised a fresh security policy and is acting tough against all those having direct or indirect links with the terrorists.
It has banned Jamait E Islami-a hard-line sociopolitical organization. It also banned all separatists’ organizations operating from the soil of Kashmir and is attaching properties involved directly or indirectly in terrorism. The government recently also demolished two residential houses of Kashmiri militants operating from Pakistan.
Now the Union Government is planning to further strengthen the laws and take steps to counter terrorism in Kashmir.