Security tightened in Kashmir ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah’s 3-day visit of J&K


Union Home Minister Amit Shah will reach Srinagar on Saturday on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Srinagar. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will arrive in Srinagar on Saturday for a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir during which Shah will chair a crucial security review meeting, address panchayat members as well as political activists, in which 11 people died. Was. Civilians killed during this month in Kashmir.

This will be Amit Shah’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution in August 2019.

Though the visit of the Home Minister was already scheduled, the visit became more significant in the backdrop of killings of civilians, including five non-local labourers, in the Valley.

BJP spokesperson Kashmir Altaf Thakur, while sharing information about Home Minister Amit Shah’s programs, told News24 that Shah will first reach Srinagar and then go to Jammu.

Thakur said that he has called his district presidents for a program of Shah in Srinagar. He said that the Home Minister will also attend a huge public meeting in Jammu on 24th and is likely to go back to Srinagar.

Security has been tightened in Jammu and Srinagar in view of the Home Minister’s visit as security forces have stepped up searches and searches in both the capital cities.

In Srinagar, for the last two days, the police have seized hundreds of two-wheelers despite having all the documents. Several bikers told News24 that the police had asked them to come back after the home ministers’ visit and that their two-wheelers would be released, surprisingly even police were not documenting seizures of two-wheelers in different police stations. has been Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir issued a statement saying that the seizure of bikes and internet shutdown has nothing to do with the visit of the Home Ministers and is being done purely as an anti-terrorist operation strategy if needed.

The traffic police has also issued an advisory asking people not to travel on Dal Lake Road and Gupkar Road as it will be closed for public movement in view of the VVIP’s visit. Shah’s main rally venue in Jammu has also been sealed and people are not allowed to go there.

The Home Minister’s visit is in fact a part of the Centre’s continuous outreach programme, during which Amit Shah is to review the implementation of development plans in the Union Territory.

Five months ago in June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited all prominent mainstream leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, including two former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, for a meeting at his residence in Delhi. During that meeting, many leaders including Dr. Farooq and Mehbooba Mufti demanded restoration of special status of Jammu and Kashmir, but since then nothing special happened after that meeting.

First published:October 21, 2021, 11:20 pm

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