CRPF along with police drones to keep minority community areas and Lal Chowk area of Srinagar under aerial surveillance ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to J&K .
The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration has decided to deploy drones to monitor areas in the valley where members from minority communites live. The move to enhance the security of the minorities comes in the wake of the recent spate of targeted killings in the valley.
Ahead of Union home minister Amit Shah’s visit to J&K, local police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jointly put in place an aerial surveillance cover for the areas where minorities live in Srinagar as well as Lal Chowk, the city centre.
Police and the CRPF tested drones at Pratap Park area of Srinagar ahead of Shah’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.
Talking to reporters, deputy inspector general of CRPF (operations) Mathev A John said CRPF along with the local police have tested drones that will be used for the aerial monitoring of the areas where minorities live. “The step has been taken in the wake of recent attacks on the minority community members and migrant labourers,” he said.
As many as 11 people have been killed in the last two weeks in attacks on civilians in Jammu and Kashmir. Terrorists particularly targeted migrants and minorities, triggering a fresh round of exodus.
In the latest such attack, two migrant labourers were shot dead and another injured in J&K’s Kulgam on Sunday when terrorists opened fire targeting civilians. The previous day, a street-food vendor from Bihar and a carpenter from UP were shot dead in old Srinagar city and Pulwama in separate attacks.
On Wednesday, National Investigation Agency was roped in to probe four cases of civilian killings, the victims being Srinagar pharmacist M L Bindroo, Sikh school principal Supinder Kaur and teacher Deepak Chand, Bihari vendor Virendra Paswan and two Bihari labourers, Raja Reshi Dev and Joginder Reshi Dev, who were killed in Kulgam.
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