Jammu and Kashmir police is in the process of procuring state-of-the-art gadgets to beef up the camp security and prevent terror attacks.
Intrusion detection system and electric boom barriers are among some of the gadgets that are being inducted to foil terror designs and prevent outfits from carrying out suicide attacks on security force camps and vital installations. Initially Rs eight crore will be spent on the gadgets. If the initial move works, the fund will be increased.
Fitted with shock sensors, the intrusion detection system use vibrations or shock waves to trigger an alarm at the command centre. This will not only alert the security forces and Quick Reactions Teams, but also give them ample time to foil the ultras bid to storm the perimeter.
Radio frequency identification (RFID)-based vehicle access control system is also planned to be installed to ensure foolproof security camps. Under this system, the vehicles will be fitted with RIFD tags which will automatically identify authorised vehicles, saving time for security scanning.
"We will do whatever we can to thwart terror attacks. We have already started security audit of our camps and vital installations to plug holes, if any," a police officer said.
Sources said Hand-held ground penetrating radar (HHGPR) system is also being considered to be put in place to detect explosives and IED at camps.
Currently the system in vogue is time consuming and risky sometimes. The HHGPR will reduce time and also helps in detecting the explosives deep inside the ground. Anti-riot gas masks, shields and other modern equipment are also being considered for the cops to fight the street clashes and stone pelting.
The need to induct new equipment comes weeks after security forces repulsed a Pathankote-type terror attack when three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeens were neutralized soon after they stormed the highly fortified Border Security Force (BSF) camp, neighboring Srinagar International Airport and Air Force Station. An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of BSF was killed and three others were injured in the operation that lasted for 10 hours on October 3.
This was the second attack in less than two months in which Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeens stormed the security forces camp in the valley. Three of the fidayeens were killed when they attacked the District Police Lines Pulwama on August 26. Eight security force men –four each from CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police –were killed and six others injured in the encounter.
Data available with different security agencies reveal that 70 new ultras have been able to infiltrate into Kashmir since January this year. Last year estimated net infiltration (number of militants who managed to sneak in) was 112 compared to 33 in 2015. Similarly estimated net infiltration was 65 in 2014 compared to 97 in 2013.