Security forces geared up ahead of Obama’s visit

Security forces geared up ahead of Obama’s visit

Srinagar: CRPF on Wednesday said the security grid in Jammu and Kashmir has been geared up to meet any law and order or militancy-related situation in the state during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India later this week.

“We are in constant touch with the state police and all necessary arrangements have been made to maintain law and order and to combat militancy as well," Special Director General of CRPF Anirudh Uppal told reporters here.

Responding to a question about separatists planning to intensify their protests in the Valley during Obama’s visit, Uppal said, “It is not necessarily for Obama’s visit only ... depending on the intelligence inputs, arrangements will be made accordingly."

The Special DG, who took over the charge of Jammu and Kashmir recently, said the force was ready to deal with any situation.

“Any challenge (to the security and public order) will be met jointly by CRPF and the state police," he said.

Asked if militants had used the four-month unrest in the Valley to regroup and consolidate their position, Uppal said that might be the case.

“But the coming days will tell us how far the assessment is right," he said referring to the spate of encounters in the Valley over the past three days in which seven militants have been killed.

In response to another question, the CRPF officer said the situation in the Valley was “limping" back towards normalcy and it will improve in the coming days.

“Going by the events over the past week, we are optimistic that the situation is going to improve in the coming days," he added.

Uppal said although he was not aware of additional battalions of CRPF brought to the state in the early days of the unrest, the deployment of the force personnel will be reviewed as per the demands of the situation.

“Improvement in the situation will lead to reduction in the CRPF deployment," he said.

Uppal said he was aware that cases have been registered against the security personnel for alleged excessive use of force while dealing with the protestors in the Valley.

“Investigations are in progress and truth will come out. It will be premature for me to comment on it," he said.

The Special DG, however, said the state was passing through difficult times and maintaining order during these times was a tough task.