Amid the continuing disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Governor N.N. Vohra met Home Minister, Rajnath Singh today, to discuss the worsening security and law and order situation in the State.
During the 40-minute meeting, Singh and Vohra reviewed the ground situation in the valley and the steps taken to control it, says sources. Several issues, like infiltration from across the border, activities of separatists and street protests by students were discussed at the meeting, said official sources.
The Home Minister, Rajnath and the Governor also discussed Monday’s terror attack in Kashmir’s Kulgam district that killed seven people; and the killing of two Indian soldiers and mutilation of their bodies by Pakistan Army personnel near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch. The Governor is expected to meet Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi too. Vohra will brief Modi of the situation in the State, especially against the backdrop of Monday’s violence.
The Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll, which was schedule to take place on May 25, has also been canceled by the Election Commission, saying the situation there is not feasible for holding the election. Last month, Kashmir also witnessed protests by students against alleged surplus police officials, where even girls, for the first time, were seen pelting stones at security personnel. In July last year, massive protests erupted in Kashmir after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter, which continued for nearly four months. More than 90 people lost their lives, while many security personnel and civilians were injured.
The Governor and the Union Minister, said the issues like infiltration from across the border with Pakistan and steps to control the situation also figured during the meeting. This meeting comes after the Home Minister chaired a high-level meeting on Monday to review the situation in the State.
Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain, RAW chief Anil Dhasmana and Central Reserve Police Force chief Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, attended the meeting which was held on Monday.