Talks and Ops to continue in J&K as Centre reviews situation

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: India army personnel take position during a gun battle with militants in Kashmir. (Representational Image).

File Photo: India army personnel take position during a gun battle with militants in Kashmir. (Representational Image).

Centre reviewed situation in Jammu and Kashmir in a high level meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The valley has seen instances of violence off-late in which several security personnel were targeted.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and top officials of ministries of home and defence also attended the meeting at New Delhi.

Anti-militancy operations will be further intensified in Jammu and Kashmir with security forces being instructed to eliminate those who continue to indulge in violence in the state, officials said.

The centre is currently going with the two pronged approach of operations against the militants as well as talks with all the “stakeholders”, which is being handled by special representative Dineshwar Sharma.

Sharma recently concluded his first visit to the state in the capacity of new interlocutor. He spent three days in Kashmir, and two days in Jammu. Though he met government representatives, officials, and leaders including former CM Omar Abdullah, separatists refused to meet him.

Former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma with Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma with Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Meanwhile, the security forces have stepped up offensive against militants operating in the Valley. Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir SP Vaid had recently said around 170 militants were gunned down by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far.

Two Army soldiers were killed and a CRPF jawan suffered injuries in an encounter in Pulwama district of the state on November 2.

Three militants were gunned down in Pulwama in an encounter in which an Army jawan was also killed on November 6. Three militants, including Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s nephew, were gunned down by security forces Pulwama district on November 7.

On November 9, militants shot at and injured a policeman in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. Militants also attacked two police vehicles in separate incidents at Qazigund and Anantnag on November 10.

An Army jawan and a militant were killed in an encounter in Kulgam district yesterday.

(With inputs from PTI)