Srinagar, September 10: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel will be provided with bullet-proof vehicles for better safety during operations. Speaking about it during his interaction with cops in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, the Home Minister said fund for such vehicles have been released. He also added that the soldiers will also get bullet-proof jackets.

This announcement comes amid the killing of six police personnel in the state in Achabal area of Anantnag district on June 16. Among those killed was SHO Feroz Ahmad, who had requisitioned a bullet-proof vehicle in view of the danger posed by militants in south Kashmir, but was not provided one. “We have allocated funds for purchase of bullet-proof vehicles for Jammu and Kashmir police,” Singh said in Anantnag, 52 kilometres from the state capital.

He paid tributes to the sacrifice made by ASI Abdul Rasheed and constable Imtiyaz who were killed in militant attacks in south Kashmir recently. Singh also said the Centre has approved funds for opening a trauma centre for police personnel and lauded them for working in the “extremely challenging conditions” in the Valley.

“Their supreme sacrifices have been made for Kashmir. We are proud of the police personnel. You are working in extremely challenging conditions here. I do not have words to praise the bravery of our brave personnel from Jammu and Kashmir police. Even the Prime Minister has praised your courage,” he said.

Underlining the priority attached by the Centre to Kashmir, Singh said no other home minister had ever visited the state so frequently. “I have come to the state the fifth time within an year or so.” The Home minister said he had come with an open mind and was willing to interact with anyone who wanted to help in resolving the problems facing Kashmir.

Singh will interact with CRPF personnel in Anantnag and is scheduled to chair a security review meeting here later in the day.

With PTI inputs