Rajnath reviews security situation in Kashmir

RSTV Bureau
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh  has reached Kashmir on a two day visit to hold talks with various stakeholders to restore peace in the valley.  Photo-PTI

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reached Kashmir on a two day visit to hold talks with various stakeholders to restore peace in the valley.
Photo-PTI

Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. Singh is on a two-day visit during which he is expected to hold talks with stakeholders in the Valley.

On his arrival, Singh was briefed by top civil, army, police and paramilitary officials about the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley, which has been witnessing unrest for the last 47 days after the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8.

Home Minister was conveyed that there has been improvement in situation on the ground, there is no scarcity of essential commodities and health services are functioning, official sources said.

As many as 66 persons, including two police personnel, have been killed and several thousands injured ever since the turmoil began. Among them is a youth who was killed in fresh clashes in Pulwama on Wednesday.

Srinagar: Security personnel patrolling on a deserted street during curfew in Srinagar, August 16, 2016. Photo - PTI

Srinagar: Security personnel patrolling on a deserted street during curfew in Srinagar, August 16, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Before leaving for Kashmir, the Home Minister said he will hold talks with all stakeholders and those who believe in ‘Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat’ are welcome.

Singh said he would be staying at Srinagar’s Nehru guest house where he will interact with cross section of people on Kashmir issue.

“I shall interact will civil society groups, political parties and other stakeholders,” he said on Twitter.

“Those who believe in Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat are welcome,” he added.

He will also hold meetings with Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

This is the second visit of the Home Minister to the Kashmir Valley since the trouble began.

FILE: Srinagar: File photo of clashes between protesting locals and the  security forces, Srinagar, July 24, 2016. Photo - PTI

FILE: Srinagar: File photo of clashes between protesting locals and the security forces, Srinagar, July 24, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The Home Minister had said the Centre wants an emotional relationship with the state and not just need-based.

Singh had said the central government will talk to whosoever needed once peace and normalcy is restored in the state.

“As far as Government of India is concerned, I want to make it clear that we don’t just want need-based ties, but to build an emotional relationship with Kashmir,” he had said, reaching out to the people in the Valley while making a fervent appeal to them to help restore peace and normalcy in the state.

On Monday, while meeting a joint opposition delegation led by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his “deep concern and pain” over the situation there and asked all political parties to work together to find a “permanent and lasting” solution to problems in Jammu and Kashmir.