What are new directions issued by MHA to State Investigation Agency (SIA)?

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed spurt in target killings, which prompted government and security forces to retaliate and dismantle the ecosystem of militancy across the Union Territory.

In latest development, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has called a meeting of top officials to discuss security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir.

“In meeting several decisions were taken to eradicate militancy from Jammu and Kashmir. Moreover, the MHA also expanded the role State Investigation Agency (SIA),” an official said.

“The Home Ministry was reportedly of the view that the SIA needs to be further strengthened in Jammu and Kashmir on the lines of National Investigating Agency (NIA) not only to investigate terror-related cases but also keep vigil on terrorism by carrying out crackdown on the home grown modules but as well as those operating from Pakistan,” sources said, adding manpower of the SIA was likely to be increased.
It may be mentioned here that the SIA was set up just few days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir in October. It had recently conducted raids on the terror modules in the Kashmir valley.
Besides the SIA, a decision was also reportedly taken to further strengthen the Police Stations and Police Posts in the Union Territory. However, to begin with, the strengthening process will start from the Police Stations and Police Posts located in the militancy-prone areas.
Ongoing developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir were also reviewed in the meeting, sources said, adding that most of the projects are going on smoothly.
“Funding of certain projects was also discussed,” they said.
Misuse of some prisons by the militants for fanning trouble too came up for review during the meeting and it was reportedly decided to take steps and ensure that the militants lodged in the jails don’t get access to mobile telephones.
Sources disclosed that entire gamut of security situation in Jammu and Kashmir including steps required to contain the targeted attacks and eliminate militants was reviewed at the high-level meeting. A strategy was formed to check the rising activities of the militants in the Kashmir valley.
Noting that targeted killings by the militants including Pakistanis in the Kashmir valley have become a major cause of concern for the Central as well as Jammu and Kashmir Governments, sources said the MHA along with JKP, top officials of the Home Ministry dealing with UT and heads of para-military forces and Central Intelligence agencies drafted joint strategy to deal with the new threat.
“Multiple security and Intelligence agencies of the Central and Jammu and Kashmir Governments chalked-out the strategy to deal with threats posed by the militants with targeted attacks,” sources said and added that curbing such activities has been necessary to maintain the gains of normalcy.



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