“We have information that Pakistan is helping terrorists to enter our territory. We have intelligence inputs. But we are on an alert,” Shinde said here on the sidelines of an event to mark the police commemoration day.
He said his ministry had issued directions to all security forces to be extra vigilant during the festival season and ensure peace. “I also appeal to people to be extra careful,” he said soon after laying a wreath at a memorial for central and state police forces.
Referring to Jammu and Kashmir, Shinde said security forces cannot be withdrawn from the state till peace returns entirely. “When I was in Jammu and Kashmir, locals asked me to remove the army from the Kashmir valley. But I told them that we can’t do so till the situation is peaceful. I will remove the army when the situation is peaceful,” he said.
Shinde was in the border state about a week ago on a security review tour when he met central security forces personnel posted there, apart from the civilian administration, to get apprised of the prevailing situation in the region.
The home minister also said he had visited the India-Bangladesh border on Saturday to assess the situation. Earlier, attending the police commemoration day ceremony, Shinde paid tributes to 575 security personnel who laid down their lives in the line of duty in the last one year.
While 383 personnel from state police forces were killed between Sep 1, 2011 and Aug 31 this year, 192 men from the central armed police forces died during the same period.This is the first time ever that all central police forces came together to observe the police commemoration day to remember their fallen comrades.