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PM Modi to meet police top brass, Kashmir militancy, Chinese action in Ladakh on agenda

Sources said the top brass would deliberate on the key threats and challenges — including Pakistan-sponsored militants in Jammu and Kashmir and recurring terror attacks on security forces in the region, Chinese transgression in Ladakh and Naxalite violence — during the three-day DGP conference

Imran Ahmed Siddiqui New Delhi Published 04.01.24, 06:03 AM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the annual conference of directors-general and inspectors-general of police beginning on January 5 at Jaipur, where state police chiefs and central security agencies will brief him on key policing and internal security issues in the country, sources in the Union home ministry said on Wednesday.

Sources said the top brass would deliberate on the key threats and challenges — including Pakistan-sponsored militants in Jammu and Kashmir and recurring terror attacks on security forces in the region, Chinese transgression in Ladakh and Naxalite violence — during the three-day conference, besides challenges posed by artificial intelligence (AI), cyber security and narcotics smuggling.

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The event will be inaugurated by Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah along with national security adviser Ajit Doval.

Last year during the annual DGP’s conference held in Delhi, a research paper submitted by an IPS officer posted in Ladakh had created a storm. In his paper the IPS officer had flagged how India had lost access to 26 out of 65 patrolling points (PP) in eastern Ladakh. These 26 PPs were earlier patrolled by Indian security forces before the Chinese transgression in April-May 2020.

Officially, the Modi government has so far not admitted the Chinese transgression in eastern Ladakh and has been sticking to the no-intrusion claim made by Modi. The Indian Army has so far held 20 rounds of talks with the People’s Liberation Army to resolve the border standoff.

Four days after the Galwan Valley clash in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, Modi had told an all-party meeting on June 19, 2020, “that neither have they intruded into our border, nor has any post been taken over by them”.

Military veterans have been questioning India’s continued silence on the restoration of the status quo as it was before the Chinese intrusions in Ladakh in May 2020.

They have accused the Modi government of ceding further territory by agreeing to the creation of demilitarised “buffer zones” within India-claimed lines as part of the disengagement process with the Chinese.

Chinese troops have so far disengaged partially from the Galwan Valley, Pangong Lake, Hot Springs and Gogra — with Indian soldiers too retreating by equal distances to create the buffer zones.

During the three-day DGP’s conference, the chiefs of the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing and all heads of the central police organisation and central armed police force will also be in attendance.

Nearly 250 officers of the rank of DGP and IGP from all states, Union Territories and central government are expected to take part in the annual DGP’s conference — the biggest security conference in the country.

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