High way in Jammu (Photo Credit: News Nation)
The increasing number of attacks on Srinagar Jammu National Highway is a big challenge for security forces. In less than a month, three attacks have taken place on the highway increasing the threat to forces deployed to protect the highway. On Monday, two CRPF jawan’s were martyred while 3 injured in an attack on a Naka party at Pampore area of National Highway. Security forces have increased the vigil on the Highway. And not only have the number of men in uniform being increased but aerial surveillance would be put in place. With the help of Drones, security forces want to keep a round the clock vigil on the Highway.
‘’We have been using aerial surveillance in the past. We are continuously monitoring the national highway with the help of drones. We are using technology to further strengthen the security grid on the Highway’’, said Dilbagh Singh, DG JK Police. However, the Police say that National Highway is a vulnerable zone and since the flow of traffic is so high that not much can be done with regard to that. Police say checking every vehicle on the Highway is not possible and could be extremely inconvenient to the public.
‘’National highway is always full of traffic always and it's easier for militants to ride on bikes, we can’t be checking every single vehicle as it will cause traffic jams and inconvenience to the public , so we work on specific inputs and then only check’’ said Vijay Kumar, IG Kashmir, JK Police. While three attacks have taken place in less than a month on the Srinagar Jammu Highway, this phenomenon is not new. The deadliest attack ever on security forces also happened on the same National Highway in 2019 in which 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred.