Post surgical strikes, Rajnath reviews security preparedness for Pak retaliation
A day after India’s daring surgical strikes, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reviewed the security situation in the country. The main areas of his focus are particularly those areas along the border with Pakistan, as India is now on full alert to thwart any retaliation.
During the hour-long meeting, the top security brass of the country briefed the Home Minister about the situation along the border and steps being taken to foil any Pakistani design to attack BSF posts besides safety of civilian population living in forward areas
The Home Minister instructed the officials to ensure that the forces posted along the border remain on alert as situation along the Indo-Pak border continues to be volatile after Thursday’s surgical strike by Army, official sources said
Those who attended the meeting include National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and top officials of security and intelligence agencies
The BSF, which comes under the Home Ministry, has already put all its units along the Indo-Pak border on “high alert”.
Orders have been issued to all its units along IB in Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat to step up vigil and bolster their numbers at the posts by bringing in all personnel who are in the reserve
The BSF has also restricted all civilian movement along borders with Pakistan. The border guarding force has also been asked by the Home Ministry to provide manpower to local administration for helping in evacuating people from border villages to safer locations.
India carried out ‘surgical strikes’ on terror launch pads across LoC on Saturday, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists and those who are trying to support them
The announcement of the sudden action by the Army was made on Thursday by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, 11 days after the terror strike by Pakistan-based JeM on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Kashmir which left 19 Indian soldiers dead. One of the soldiers Naik Rajkishore injured in the Uri attack succumbed to his injuries, thus, raising the death toll.