Bullet proof vehicles for all police stations in J&K ordered: Rajnath Singh

Hope Soto
September 11, 2017

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday pledged the Centre's full support to the Jammu and Kashmir police and Central Reserve Police Force, that have suffered significant casualties from rising terror attacks in recent weeks, as well as administrative and logistics assistance they need.

Delegations of state units of the BJP, Congress, People's Conference and the CPI (M) also called on the home minister.

The resistance leaders in a statement issued in Srinagar said: "The strike is being observed by the people of Kashmir to prove to the world community and the Indian leadership that genuine people's movement in Kashmir can not be crushed by using military might or harassing the leadership".

Singh has said that he is going to J&K with an open mind and is ready to meet anyone who wishes to help resolve differences through dialogue. The total cost of PMDP is Rs 80,068 crores that includes 63 projects. Singh's Kashmir visit comes in the backdrop of PM Modi's Red Fort speech where he had said neither bullets nor abuse can solve the Kashmir problem.

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The Congress team has come to assess the ground situation and to see what the ruling coalition has achieved and what it has lost in the past almost three years, he said.

Pertinently the delegation is scheduled to visit Kashmir on September 17. "In the brief gunfight, two militants have been killed", they said. Clashes between protesters and security forces were reported near the gunfight site as youth from adjacent villages (like Hadipora and Chetlora) tried to march towards the gunfight site to disrupt the anti-terror operation. He said, "We wanted to meet people of all the regions following which a Kashmir group was formed".

Meanwhile Internet services have been suspended and schools closed in Sopore town "as a precautionary measure".

Anantnag, with three other south Kashmir districts - Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama - have seen the most number of militancy-related incidents and violence compared to the rest of the Valley in the past couple of years. Unconfirmed reports said that one terrorist was killed in the encounter.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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