Pulwama Attack: Another serious security lapse by Indian forces

Security agencies are seems to be shocked with Pulwama terror attack, in which 44 CRPF jawans were killed yesterday in Jammu and Kashmir. This said to be one of the major terror strike that hit Indian army in post-terror strikes in the valley. It has come as a massive blow to the forces on security duty in the Valley.

Preliminary reviews revealing three major lapses on the party of our security forces that facilitated to this strike. First, the security lapse, second intelligence leakage and thirdly ignoring police warning.

Even, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik agreed there had been a ‘serious security lapse’, while assuring of a ‘specific and strong response’ to the attack.

“In the event, such a big convoy of over 2500 men should not have travelled in the manner they did; and if they had to, they should have accelerated to high speeds making a terrorist attack untenable”, he said. He said, if there had been proper security surveillance and checks on the highway, the deaths could have been avoided” “Definitely, there was a lapse. Security forces would now have to sit together, analyse and take measures to plug such loopholes”, he added.

Secondly, the security agencies are suspecting that though the movement of the army was kept secrety, terror group might have advance inforamtion with leakage of the plan. It is very unusual movement of thousands of security personnal in a convey in the terror affected ares.

Thirdly, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said to be sent specific intelligence input to the army expecting a massive terror strike two days in advancce. But it seems the army ignored theier warning.

Former Army Chief, Bikram Singh, says, “It shows change in tactics of terrorists. IED has been used after a long time, IEDs were used in the past, in 2001-2002 when I was there, this was a normal practice of terrorists, then they resorted to firing from distance.”

Adding further, he said, “But this thing where a local boy who has been radicalised, he has undertaken a ‘fidayeen’ action on a moving convoy, shows the emboldened instance of local terrorists, also the fact that radicalisation levels have gone up.”

Meanwhile, a 12-member team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) which will be led by an IG rank officer, will also go to the blast site today to assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the spot. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit Srinagar later in the day.

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