Armed forces given free hand: Rajnath Singh

Reviews security measures in J&K

IANS/PTI
New Delhi, Publish Date: Feb 17 2019 1:47AM | Updated Date: Feb 17 2019 1:47AM
Armed forces given free hand: Rajnath SinghFile Photo

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the government has "zero tolerance" towards militancy and the security forces have been given a free hand to deal with militant groups. "Rajnath Singh, in the all party meeting, said that due to the attack on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, the entire country was deeply hurt and there is outrage," Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said while speaking to reporters after the all-party meeting in Parliament here.

"Rajnath Singh assured that the morale of the security forces was high and we are committed to curb terror in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the government has given free hand to the security forces to deal with the terror groups and those who are giving shelter to them," Tomar said.

"He also said that the government's has a zero tolerance policy against terrorism and this terror attack shows their frustration."  

Meanwhile, Singh reviewed the security situation, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, two days after the killing of more than 40 CRPF men in an audacious attack in Pulwama, officials said.

The meeting was attended by National Security Advisor AjitDoval among others.

During the meeting, top security officials briefed the home minister about the prevailing situation in the country, including along the Indo-Pak border, a Home Ministry official said. The meeting took stock of the security measures in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said.  The home minister directed the officials to ensure that all possible steps are taken to hunt down militants currently operating in Kashmir valley, another official said. Those who attended the meeting include Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain. 

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