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Surveillance mounted in minority-dominated areas of J

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, May 2 (UNI) Concerned over frequent militant attacks on minorities, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to mount the intelligence surveillance in all remote and inaccessible areas inhabited by members of the minority communities in the state.

This was stated by Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig here today.

Talking to reporters here, he said the state government was highly concerned over the frequent attacks on minorities residing in far-flung and remote villages.

''It has been decided that the intelligence surveillance in far-flung areas and villages would be increased,'' Mr Baig said.

The decision comes in the wake of the massacre of at least 35 Hindus by suspected militants in Doda and Udhampur districts of Jammu region on Sunday night.

While 22 Hindus were massacred and 10 others wounded at Kulhand village of Doda district, 13 members of the minority community in Jammu and Kashmir were killed in Basant Garh area of Udhampur district.

Survey has already been conducted in about 67 villages identified as those inhabited by members of the minority communities, sources said.

The survey was recently conducted by the Central Reserve Police Force and the Jammu and Kashmir Police, they added.

The sources said security has been strengthened in all these minority-dominated areas, particularly the villages attacked by the militants in the past.

''We have deployed additional security personnel in all sensitive areas to ensure that no violence takes place there,'' they added.

The sources said night patrolling in the ''most vulnerable and sensitive areas'' of the state has been intensified.


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