Security reviewed for candidates in Valley

 In the wake of reports that militants may try to disrupt the upcoming parliamentary polls, Jammu and Kashmir police have decided to increase the security of candidates.

Sources said security agencies have inputs that militants may target candidates to disrupt the polls process, especially in the Valley. Some intercepts between militants and their handlers across the border have revealed that to create news ultras may target participating candidates, they said.

A senior police officer said they have taken the threats serious and a foolproof security plan has been placed for the safety of the candidates.

“Apart from the high profile candidates, rest of the participants will also be provided foolproof security,” he said.

The officer said though the militancy in the Valley is on the decline, “based on past experience, nothing can be said.”

“Right from 1996, militants have always been targeting the election process and this time too they may try to attack soft targets,” he added.

Meanwhile, during a security meeting on Wednesday, Special Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, K Rajendra Kumar impressed upon the participants to implement the action plan strictly for the security of candidates and polling booths.

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