Union Home Minister Amit Shah inspected the security situation and counter-militancy operations in the Kashmir Valley on Saturday, following a wave of attacks on civilians, notably non-local laborers and minorities, reported Press Trust of India (PTI).
As per the report, Shah reviewed the security scenario during a meeting at the Raj Bhawan attended by top civil administration officials, including Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, as well as senior security officers from the Army, CRPF, police, and other agencies, officials said.
Quoting the officials, PTI reported that the Home Minister was informed on the initiatives taken to remove militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as about the forces’ counter-infiltration tactics, official said
Shah’s visit to Kashmir comes after 11 civilian killings in the valley in October alone. Five of them slain were laborers from Bihar, while three others, including two teachers, were members of minority communities in Kashmir.
This is Shah’s first visit to Kashmir since the abrogation of J-K’s limited autonomy in August 2019.
According to officials, more government forces have been deployed across the valley, particularly in the city.
Following the recent spate of civilian deaths, 50 companies of extra government forces are being integrated into the valley, reported PTI quoting the official sources.
Bunkers staffed by the paramilitary CRPF have appeared in many locations of the city as well as other parts of the Kashmir Valley, according to authorities.