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`700 cr for fighting militancy, street protests..

Of the Rs 700 crore sanctioned by home ministry for 2017-18 to J&K for setting up a system to contain both militancy and street protests, only 200 crore have been released so far. The 200 crore have been released for purchasing bullet-proof vehicles, high-end surveillance system and weapons for the police, a state home department official said on the condition of anonymity.

“The state needs to complete certain formalities to get the money. We have received some amount and more is coming,” director general of police SP Vaid told.

A surge in militancy and street protests in the aftermath of the 2016 uprising triggered by the killing of Hizb commander BurhanWani had prompted home ministry to upgrade government forces’ capabilities for containing and countering militancy and civilian protests.

A report on home ministry’s website reads that under the new system construction of border fencing, improved technological surveillance, weapons and equipment for forces, improved intelligence and operational coordination would be the primary focus.

“The new security plan also involves synergised intelligence flow and pro-active action against militants within the state,” the report said.

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