Jammu: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Friday said that the security agencies will cast a 360-degree net to wipe out terrorism from Jammu region while assuring a thorough probe into the Rajouri killings by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) with the assistance of Jammu police.
Shah arrived in Jammu in the morning to meet the families of the victims, but could not travel to Upper Dhangri in Rajouri due to bad weather.
Addressing the media conference here after the meeting, the Union Home minister said that the probe into the killings in Dhangri village in Rajouri district has been handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said a time bound action plan has been prepared to wipe out terrorism from J&K and ensure everlasting peace here, especially in Jammu, where minorities are being targeted by the terrorists.
“We (security agencies) have prepared a time bound action plan of three months to eliminate terrorism from J&K and to ensure everlasting peace here, especially in Jammu, where terrorists are targeting the minorities,” Home Minister Amit Shah said while addressing media persons here at Raj Bhawan.
“The results will be visible on ground in three months,” Amit Shah further said adding, “Those responsible for killing seven innocent civilians in Dhangri village of Rajouri will soon be brought to book and will have to face law of the land”.
Earlier, the Home Minister chaired a high level security review meeting at Raj Bhawan in which he directed the top officers of various security agencies to go tough against terrorists and their helpers i.e Over Ground Workers (OGWs).
‘’Go tough against terrorism and uproot the entire terror ecosystem and whatever infrastructure they have, ‘’ Amit Shah told the officers in the security review meeting”.
The meeting was also attended by Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir, Financial Commissioner (ACS) Home, DGP, Jammu and Kashmir, Commander, Northern Command, Army and Intelligence, and other senior officers of BSF and CRPF among others.
Amit Shah said that a detailed meeting was held with security agencies in Jammu on all aspects of security, discussions were also held on creating a very secure grid in the coming days. He said that all the security agencies of the country are fully prepared and their morale is high with confidence to prevent such incidents. He said that NIA and Jammu Police will jointly investigate the terrorist incidents that took place in these two days and this investigation will be done keeping together all the incidents that happened in the last one and a half years.
Union Home Minister said that “My desire was to share the grief of victims’ families of the of the Rajouri terror attacks, but I could not go there due to bad weather, I spoke to all the families over the phone and tried to share their grief”. Shah said that the courage of all those victim families is an example for the whole country, it is a big thing to maintain the morale of fighting hard even after such a big incident.
The Union Home Minister said that following the policy of zero tolerance against terrorism under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all security agencies are fighting a decisive battle against terrorism. He said that the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands firmly with the families of the victims and is determined to help them. Shah said that with full empathy, the affected families would be given benefits through various schemes of the government, along with this all possible help will be provided by the LG with relief measures under his authority.
Shah informed that the Jammu police will work jointly with the NIA to book the culprits of the Rajouri killings . The NIA will also probe all the militancy related incidents that took place in the region in the past one and-a-half years, he said.
Shah further claimed that that security agencies in Jammu are alert and committed to wipe-out terror, its ecosystem and the OGW network and also to act against those providing logistic support to militancy.
The Home Minister added, “All responsible for security of the people and ensuring peace in J&K be it CRPF, Army, JKP or other agencies, all are on very high alert”.
He said terrorism is fast declining in J&K and it is being ensured through various measures that it happens fast.
To a question about not meeting the families of Rajouri attack victims, the home minister said there was a bad weather advisory for the next three days.
“I will come again and surely meet the families of the victims,’’ he said, adding that he had already spoken to them over phone and assured them of all support.
Replying to another question, Shah said the decision to strengthen the Village Defence Committees had been taken in August last year and the move needs not be linked with the Rajouri incident.
Asked about the attacks on the minority communities in the region, he said the security forces have been giving a befitting reply to every plan of the perpetrators. “If we go by the figures, minority killings are far less compared to previous years,’’ he said.
About the security situation in J&K, the home minister said the issue needs to be seen right from the day when “terrorism was born”.
“I can tell you surely that the situation is much better than what it was earlier. Civilian killings have been reduced,” he claimed.
The Union Home Minister said that support and information systems of terrorist groups were also discussed in detail during the meeting and all the agencies have assured to create a complete 360-degree security mechanism.
Shah said that the people responsible for these terrorist attacks will be brought to book at the earliest and will be dealt with severe punishment.
Amit Shah said that compared to the time when menace of terrorism started in Jammu and Kashmir, there have been the least number of incidents and deaths in recent times.
“I assure the citizens of Jammu that whatever may be the intention of the terrorist organizations, our security agencies will be ready to protect Jammu," said Shah.