Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Rajnath Singh to visit violence-torn Kashmir today

Narada Desk | July 23, 2016 10:28 am Print
Clashes between protesters and security forces in the Valley have already claimed 45 lives
Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh

In a bid to bring a solution in the unrest Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in Srinagar on Saturday on a two-day visit in the state, where tension has been erupted following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Singh, who is expected to reach Srinagar around 11 AM, will interact with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and senior officials to take a stoke of law and order situation in Kashmir Valley.

The Union Minister would be accompanied by the Directors General (DGs) of paramilitary, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

According to official sources, Singh would chair a high level security meeting in summer capital Srinagar in addition to one-on-one interaction with state Governor Narinder Nath Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Rajnath is scheduled to fly back to Delhi on Sunday afternoon.

The Valley has been reeling under a widespread unrest for the last 15 days during which 48 people, including 46 civilians and two policemen, have been killed.

The ongoing cycle of violence started on July 9, days after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed along two of its associates in a gunfight with the security forces in Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The Centre has already sent over 3,000 paramilitary troops to the state to assist the state government restore peace in the trouble-torn Valley.