Last month, on April 20, terrorists ambushed an army truck in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch. In which five of our soldiers were martyred. Now the security forces have changed the strategy for the movement of the army on the highways in Jammu and Kashmir so that the terrorists who ambush can be answered in the same language. Officials familiar with the matter said necessary instructions have been given to local commanders that troops should not go on the same route repeatedly and movement with administration teams should be reduced.
An official in the central paramilitary forces told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity, “We keep reviewing our procedures after any incident or on the basis of intelligence inputs. The soldiers have been told to keep changing routes to reach or go to their respective camps. Leave with administrative teams only when necessary.”
The most vulnerable routes, bends and other places on State or National Highways have been identified. Forces including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF) and the Army have been asked to coordinate with each other regarding deployment. The number of Quick Action Team (QAT) and Road Opening Party (ROP) should be increased before the movement of the convoy. In addition, the troops have been asked to keep their movements secret and for more effective intelligence sharing between local police and central forces.
What was the input after the Poonch attack
After the Poonch attack, information emerged that terrorists in the area were aware that an army truck was about to travel between Bhimber Gali in Rajouri and Poonch. In this attack, five to seven terrorists fired from three sides with rifles and rocket propelled grenades, in which five army personnel were martyred.
Big concern after Pulwama attack
Troop movement in Jammu and Kashmir has been a major concern since the Pulwama attack on February 14, 2019, in which a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle fitted with an Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) into a CRPF bus. In which 40 personnel were killed.
Drone tracking while on the go
Now, there are smaller convoys on highways in the Valley, CCTVs have been installed at several points, drones are used during troop movement and operational teams now usually travel in vehicles that can withstand bullets and low-intensity bombs. can do. There is also a regular audit of vehicles parked in and around security forces camps.
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