Home Minister likely to visit Kashmir on July 2
In the wake of the spiralling violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister P Chidambaram is likely to visit the state on July 2 to review the law and order situation there.
Chidambaram, during his meeting with top civil and police officials of the state, may carry out "reorientation" of the top brass of CRPF, which has come under criticism for the death of some youths in clashes recently, sources said.
The Home Minister is also likely to hold separate meetings with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Governor NN Vohra.
The situation in Kashmir valley is tense with protests over the killing of youths spreading to more places and curfew imposed in parts of Baramulla, Kupwara and Srinagar.
Additional contingents of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in curfew-bound Sopore and other areas to maintain calm, police sources said.
Two persons were killed and 65 others, including 32 policemen, injured in the violent clashes in various parts of the valley on Monday.
Omar had on Sunday night spoken to Chidambaram and voiced his concern over civilians becoming victims of action by paramilitary forces.
State Law Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar had described as "totally unwarranted" firing by CRPF personnel on the protesters in Sopore, saying such action was adding fuel to the fire.
Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday ruled out any "political relationship" between his party and the JD(S) either during the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls or the 2023 Assembly elections in Karnataka. His statement gains significance, as none of the three parties has an adequate number of votes to win the fourth Rajya Sabha seat from the State Assembly. The last date of filing nominations is May 31.
Rajasthan minister Ashok Chandna has sought to be relieved of his duties while calling chief minister Ashok Gehlot's principal secretary Kuldeep Ranka as the “minister of all departments”. In a tweet in Hindi on Thursday, Chandna said, “Honourable chief minister, I have a personal request for you…relieve me of this dishonourable ministerial post. The charge of all my departments should be given to Kuldeep Ranka because he is the minister of all departments. Thank you.”
Deputy commissioner of police (central) Shweta Chauhan said the investigators checked over 500 videos of CCTV footage from the area, and examined more than 100 people. Of these, some were identified as suspects and technical surveillance was launched against them, based on which the three were arrested on Thursday, she added.
An official from the LG’s office said Vinai Kumar Saxena stopped at around 20 spots during the visit and asked the officials concerned to clean the area wherever he spotted garbage. “The LG directed the officials concerned to take action towards ensuring symmetry in city infrastructure including roads, footpaths, streetlights and signage,” Saxena’s office said in a statement on Thursday.
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