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Reviews Security After Panchayat Killings, Inquires About Dal Conservation

Srinagar – The union home minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, on Saturday chaired a meeting of the state’s Unified Command Headquarters (UHQ) in Srinagar, pledging the centre’s continued cooperation to the Jammu and Kashmir government and the force’s deployed here.

According to sources, the union minister reviewed the overall security situation in the state, focussing on the insecurity among panchayat leaders due to killings of their ranks, return of the Pandits, spurt in militancy, and infiltration.

Apart from the chief minister and J and K’s minister of state for home, the meeting was attended by the chief of the army’s northern command, the commanders of the 14th, 15th and 16th Corps, heads of the paramilitary forces, top intelligence officers, the state cheif secretary, the state police chief and other high officials of the police and the civilian administration.

Held at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex on the banks of the Dal Lake, the two-hour meeting also featured a briefing about various measures undertaken for the conservation of the endangered water-body.

According to sources, contrary to expectations, the union home minister had insisted on detailed review of the conservation efforts of the world-famous lake.

The meeting also discussed the general law and order situation in the state, and the progress of the rehabilitation police the government has adopted for militants wanting to return from PaK to a normal life back in the valley.

The chief minister briefed Shinde about the state’s administrative affairs, and the security measures undertaken by the government after the killings of panchayat leaders.

Later in the day, the union home minister also visited a forward post of the Border Security Force near the Line of Control in the frontier town of Gurez in North Kashmir.

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