NEW DELHI: The targeted killings of civilians by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, threat of drones bringing in weapons from across the border, overall internal security situation and radicalisation of the youth as well strategies to tackle them were among the key issues discussed at the national security strategies conference chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah here on Monday. The meeting was attended by police heads of all states and Union Territories as well as chiefs of various central armed police forces (CAPFs). The meeting — part of the bi-annual review taken by the home minister with the police heads — deliberated on various internal security challenges and discussed ways to counter them firmly and effectively. The conference, held via hybrid mode with participants attending physically as well as virtually, is being seen as a precursor to the annual DGP/IGP conference to be organised by the Intelligence Bureau soon, which will also be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The home ministry in a tweet said the deliberations at Monday’s conference were “detailed and expansive, given the presence of all DGPs and DGs of CAPFs”. Sources added that a comprehensive follow-up on decisions of the last DGP/IGP conference as well as progress on implementation of directions given by the PM was taken. Also, issues to be taken up at the next DGP/IGP conference were discussed. Home ministry sources said the national security strategies conference on Monday saw the police chiefs put together a brief on their assessment of the security situation, while focusing on specific issues and challenges like the killing of non-locals and minorities in J&K, radicalisation in the wake of Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and IS recruits from India being freed from prisons in Afghanistan, Left-wing extremism and new-age crimes. The J&K DGP is said to have briefed the conference on the security situation following the targeted attacks on civilians, particularly minorities and non-locals in the valley, and measures being taken to protect them. The conference was also apprised of the ongoing crackdown on terrorists and overground workers (OGWs) in J&K, including those directly involved in the recent civilian killings. Shah is due to travel to J&K from October 23 to 25 and will take a detailed review of the security situation there, during which future strategies will be deliberated upon by him along with the police, Army and intelligence brass. Monday’s conference was organised by the Intelligence Bureau and attended by junior home minister Nityanand Rai, NSA Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and Director of Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar. Shah also laid a wreath at the IB headquarters as a tribute to police martyrs.

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