Rajnath Singh chairs meet on Kashmir situation, Chhattisgarh attacks

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meeting on Monday to discuss Jammu and Kashmir and the situation following the killing of 25 CRPF troopers by Maoists in Chhattisgarh.

Rajnath Singh. PTI

Rajnath Singh. PTI

The meeting was attended among others by Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain, RAW chief Anil Dhasmana and Central Reserve Police Force chief Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar.

Informed sources said the meeting discussed the fresh trouble in Jammu and Kashmir, where a spike in stone-pelting incidents by students have caused a law and order problem.

Singh was briefed about the ground situation in J-K, particularly along the border, where the bodies of two soldiers were mutilated by Pakistan Army.

Top security brass, including Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and chiefs of intelligence agencies, briefed the home minister about the steps taken to tighten security along the border, official sources said.

The home minister directed the top officials to ensure strict vigil along the International Border, which is guarded by the BSF.

In the Naxal-affected states, the home minister has been told, the security forces were continuing their operations against the ultras in areas like Sukma.

The home ministry has already directed the security forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations to strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures to foil Maoists attempts to attack them.

Continuing unrest in Kashmir valley was also discussed in the meeting.

Tension in the valley has been continuing since the 9 April bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha when large-scale violence took place that claimed eight lives.

After a few Kashmiri students were threatened in some parts of the country, the home minister had asked all state governments to provide security to Kashmiris living in their states.

He had also asked the states to take strongest possible action anyone harassing Kashmiris.

The meeting comes days after Rajnath Singh reviewed the status of 2015 developmental package announced for Jammu and Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and directed its expeditious implementation.


Updated Date: May 01, 2017 16:55 PM

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