Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday asked the security forces to follow the laid down Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to avoid civilian killings during an encounter with terrorists.

The Governor convened a meeting of the top brass of the Army, CRPF, BSF, State Police, and intelligence agencies at the headquarters of the Northern Command of the Army at Udhampur where he stressed the need to adhere to the SOPs and also avoid collateral damages.

The meeting was called following the death of seven civilians who were allegedly indulging in stone pelting at security forces during an encounter in Pulwama.

The Governor also re-emphasized the crucial importance of sustained collaborative action between the Armed Forces and the State Police with the civil administration in dealing with difficult situations, particularly to ensure against the loss of civilian lives.

The Governor undertook a detailed review of various security-related issues.
The meeting was attended by K Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor; Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Dilbagh Singh, Director General of Police; Lt Gen AK  Bhat, GoC 15 Corps; Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, GOC 16 Corps;  Lt Gen YVK Mohan, GoC 9 Corps; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; RK Goyal, Principal Secretary Home;  B Srinivas ADGP CID; Muneer Khan, ADGP, Security and Law and Order; AV Chouhan, IG, CRPF; Abhinav Kumar, IG BSF Kashmir; Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; and SDS Jamwal, IGP Jammu.

The Governor reviewed the latest security scenario in J&K including details of the counter-infiltration and counter-terrorist operations undertaken recently.

Governor stressed the need for a heightened vigil and ensuring the safety of protected persons and the security of all important establishments and installations.

He lauded the role played by the security forces in the incident free conduct of polls to the Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats.