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Governor calls for ‘heightened vigil’ in J&K ahead of panchayat polls.

Governor Satya Pal Malik Friday called for heightened vigil by forces in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the panchayat polls beginning November 17, even as a delegation from the union ministry of home affairs called on him to discuss “a range of issues.”

Chairing a security review meeting at Raj Bhavan here that was attended by top security and intelligence officers, the Governor reviewed the law and order situation throughout Jammu and Kashmir and stressed the need of a heightened vigil and ensuring the safety of protected persons and the security of all important establishments and installations, an official spokesman said in a statement.

The meeting, according to the statement, discussed security arrangements made for smooth conduct of the forthcoming panchayat polls and the “need of a safe environment for the elections.”

“The Governor lauded the role of civil administration and the security forces in the incident-free conduct of polls to the urban local bodies,” the spokesman said, adding that he appreciated the manner “in which the security forces and the civil administration of Kishtwar district handled law and order situation in the region in the aftermath of killing of two political leaders.”

The meeting was attended by Vijay Kumar, advisor to governor; lieutenant general Ranbir Singh, northern army commander; BVR Subrahmanyam, chief secretary; Dilbag Singh,  director general of police;  lieutenant general Paramjit Singh, GOC 16 corps;  lieutenant general YVK Mohan, GoC 9 corps; Umang Narula, principal secretary to Governor; VSK Kaumudi, special DG CRPF;  B Srinivas ADGP CID; Muneer Khan, ADGP, security and law and order; Kamal N Choudhary, ADG CRPF; Ram Avtar, IG BSF; Rajiv Nanda, major general Delta Force; Sanjeev Verma, divisional commissioner Jammu; SDS Jamwal, IGP Jammu and officers of state and central intelligence agencies.

Seeking sector-wise assessment of the prevailing security situation and arising challenges, the Governor emphasised crucial importance of “maintaining a sustained close watch on the ground situation and appreciated the sustained real-time coordination and synergy between the security forces and the civil administration”, the spokesman said.

MHA DELEGATION MEETS GOVERNOR

Meanwhile, a delegation of central government officers led by Gyanesh Kumar, additional secretary, union ministry of home affairs met Governor at the Raj Bhavan here.

Manish Garg, joint secretary MHA accompanied the delegation.

“The Governor discussed with Kumar a range of issues relating to effective maintenance of law and order and internal security and the safeguarding of IB, LoC and LAC,” the spokesman said.

Gyanesh apprised the Governor about the steps being taken to “boost transmission signal” of Doordarshan and Radio Kashmir, particularly in remote and border areas of Jammu and Kashmir. The Governor also discussed providing enhanced opportunities to the youth in the State for getting them involved in creative and other constructive activities and strengthening of education infrastructure in the state,” the spokesman said.

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