Lack of synergy between forces resulted in civilian casualties in Pulwama: Officials
Srinagar: Lack of synergy and miscommunication between various wings of security forces led to mayhem in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district Saturday that resulted in the death of seven civilians after an encounter with Hizbul Mujahideen militants, officials said on Monday.
The lack of synergy was to the extent that civilians had almost reached the Army vehicles engaged in an encounter and there was serious apprehension that the mob could harm the personnel or loot the weapons, they said.
This had prompted the security forces to open fire at the unruly crowd which approached the encounter site at Sirnoo village from multiple directions Saturday, they added.
Even the governor’s advisor K Vijay Kumar, in his address to senior police officials Sunday, stressed on ensuring effective coordination and synergy between security agencies, besides exercising restraint to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage during anti-militancy operations and security-related drills in the valley. PTI