SRINAGAR: Security agencies and Jammu and Kashmir police overlooked intelligence inputs about an impending attack on paramilitary forces deployed in the Kashmir Valley, governor Satya Pal Malik has said.
Malik told a private TV channel that he would call for a security review soon and would discuss the lapses. He said a befitting reply would be given to the people responsible for Thursday’s suicide bombing in Pulwama .
Sources said intelligence agencies had flashed a message to all senior officers of the CRPF and J&K police a few days ago and called for precautions to preempt a terror attack. But J&K police did not pass on the information to the CRPF convoy, which had left Jammu two days ago for Srinagar, a senior intelligence officer said.
Malik and state DGP Dilbagh Singh have mostly stayed away from the Valley since the Darbar move in November 2018.
Meanwhile, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that “although the people of J&K are with us, some of them are taking money from Pakistan and ISI” and supporting terrorism. “I have asked security agencies to review the security provided to those who are involved in such activities,” he said in a veiled reference to Hurriyat Conference leaders.
Civilian traffic will be restricted on highways and major roads in J&K during the movement of convoys of the Army and other forces, Singh said. “This may cause inconvenience and I apologise for this, but this is necessary for the safety of jawans,” he said.