Amit Shah to review security situation in 3-day J-K visit starting today

This will be Amit Shah’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 to strip the region of its semi-autonomous status.
Amit Shah will also address panchayat members and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers.
Amit Shah will also address panchayat members and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers.
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 08:10 AM IST
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Srinagar Union home minister Amit Shah will arrive in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, for a three-day visit, to review the security situation amid a wave of targeted terrorist attacks that left 11 civilians dead in the region this month.

Besides holding security review meetings, the minister will also address panchayat members and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, people familiar with the matter said.

BJP leader in J&K, Sunil Sharma, said the party has been told that Shah will arrive in Srinagar on Saturday and first travel to Jammu. “He will visit Kashmir before leaving for New Delhi,” he said.

The BJP leader added that they have also invited district presidents to one of Shah’s events. “(The) home minister will also attend a rally in Jammu,” he said, after attending a party meeting on Shah’s visit on Thursday.

This will be Shah’s first visit to the Union territory ever since the revocation of Article 370, which bestowed special status to the erstwhile state, in August 2019. He had last visited J&K in June 2019 after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance swept to power at the Centre for a second term.

The Union minister, whose visit is part of the Centre’s continuing outreach campaign, is also expected to review the implementation of development schemes in the region. Last month, he held a review meeting on J&K with lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha and senior security officials in the national capital.

In view of Shah’s visit, security measures have been tightened across the Valley as forces stepped up checking and frisking activities, especially in Srinagar.

J&K Police said 17 terrorists have been “neutralised” in various encounters in the Valley since October 1 amid a spate of attacks on civilians. Five migrant workers were among the 11 civilians killed in the region this month. A soldier was also killed in an anti-insurgency operation in the Valley on Wednesday.

The Indian Army has been conducting operations in the dense forests of the Rajouri-Poonch sector for the past 12 days, trying to track down terrorists believed to belong to Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba who have gone to ground in the area.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested 13 terror associates, so far, during raids across the Union territory, in connection with a case to unearth a conspiracy hatched by various terrorist groups to carry out attacks in and outside the Union territory.

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