In preparation for the upcoming G20 Tourism Working Group meeting scheduled to be held in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, security agencies, including the Army, have conducted a thorough review of the security arrangements along the crucial 270-kilometer Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The meeting, which is set to take place from May 22 to 24, has prompted authorities to enhance security measures in order to ensure a safe and successful event.
A high-level meeting was chaired by a brigadier-level officer from the Indian Army, bringing together senior police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers at Ramban to discuss and assess the existing security arrangements along the highway. This road is the sole all-weather route connecting the region of Kashmir with the rest of the country, making it of utmost importance to safeguard its integrity and protect the attendees of the G20 meeting.
The Jammu-based White Knight Corps of the Army took to Twitter, announcing the conduct of a table-top exercise in Ramban. This exercise aimed to fine-tune the response strategies of the Indian Army and other security agencies to potential security scenarios, ensuring a coordinated and effective approach.
In light of intelligence inputs indicating possible terrorist threats before or during the G20 meeting, security measures have been significantly strengthened throughout Jammu and Kashmir. The anti-infiltration grid along the borders has been reinforced, and the security of critical installations, including railway stations and bus stands, has been intensified. Additional checkpoints have been established along highways, as well as in major cities and towns, to prevent any potential terrorist activities.
To bolster security along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC), a multi-tier security system has been activated, involving the Indian Army, Border Security Force, police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), and Village Defense Committees. This collaborative effort aims to enhance surveillance and deter any infiltration attempts or hostile actions by militants.
Furthermore, Jammu railway station has witnessed an increased level of security. All agencies have been instructed to work in close coordination and maintain strict vigilance to thwart any anti-national elements attempting sabotage. Officers from the Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force have been directed to intensify patrolling in sensitive areas of the railway station, ensuring the safety of passengers and the overall security of the premises.
As the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting draws near, the authorities are committed to upholding the highest levels of security to create a conducive environment for the event. By reinforcing security measures along the Jammu-Srinagar highway, intensifying surveillance across the region, and coordinating efforts among various security agencies, they aim to ensure the smooth conduct of the meeting and safeguard the well-being of all participants and residents of Jammu and Kashmir.