Steps being taken to prevent Sept 26-type attack: Shinde

Last Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 00:31

New Delhi: Corrective steps are being taken by security agencies to prevent a September 26-type attack in which militants crossed the border in Jammu region killing 10 people, the government said on Thursday as it admitted that there was information on possible infiltration along the belt.
"We had information about possible infiltration attempts in the entire belt (Indo-Pak border along Jammu sector). We are making corrections based on our experience...," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said here addressing his monthly press conference.

Shinde said his Ministry has sought a report from the Jammu and Kashmir government on the possible lapses with regard to the incident.

He also said Border Security Force (BSF) and the Army are also inquiring into the incident in which three terrorists carried out the audacious attack in Jammu region, killing ten people, including an Army officer on September 26.

Dressed in Army fatigues, the terrorists stormed a police station and then an Army camp in the area.

Meanwhile, the Home Ministry also rejected suggestions that its ambitious project `Udaan`-- a unique joint initiative between the government and corporates aiming at providing skills and enhancing job opportunities for youth of Jammu and Kashmir was a "non-starter".

Home Secretary Anil Goswami said there have been some concerns of the corporates who are involved in this scheme and those issues are being addressed.

"We have told the recruiters that if you inform us about your recruitment dates in 30-35 days in advance we can help you by arranging the logistics.... We will do things in advance," he said.

57,000 students from the state are being targeted for employment-oriented training through the scheme run in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

Goswami said background checks and verification of the selected candidates are being done "as expeditiously as possible".

During the interaction, Shinde, while replying to a question about SGPC honouring the assassins of former Army chief A S Vaidya yesterday in Amritsar, said such things "should not be encouraged".

On the issue of killing of Indian fishermen allegedly by Italian marines, Shinde said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is taking legal opinion from the Attorney General.

To a question on the probe by NIA in the case of killing of top Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh, the Home Minister said rains in the state had hampered the investigation for quite some time.

He said the probe report on the arrest case of suspected militant Liyaqat Shah is also awaited from NIA.

On finding of CBI about the status of Ishrat Jehan, the Minister said she was girl from Navi Mumbai and an inquiry is on in the encounter case.


First Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 00:31

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