PM in Jammu, CM Lists grievances

JAMMU: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in winter capital on Sunday to inaugurate the six-day-long Indian Science Congress at University of Jammu on Monday.

The Prime Minister arrived at Jammu Technical Airport at 1500 hrs from where he left for Raj Bhawan for a review of security in the state, reliable sources said.

The sources said that after the security review, the Prime Minister held consultations with Governor N N Vohra.

Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah met Prime Minister Singh and discussed controversial verdict by an army court in Pathribal case and suspension of cross LoC trade.

Chief Minister during an hour long meeting with Prime Minister at Raj Bahawan discussed the issue of closure of case by army in respect of Pathribal incident and emphasized the need of giving justice to the families of victims and punishment to those responsible for innocent killings.

Five civilians were killed in a fake encounter on March 26, 2000 at Pathribal in South Kashmir with the victims being branded by Army as foreign militants.

Nearly 14 years after the fake encounter rocked Jammu and Kashmir, the Army early this month closed the case, saying the evidence recorded could not establish prime facie charges against any of its accused five personnel.

The Army decision triggered an outrage in Kshmir with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah saying he will take up this issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Chief Minister also discussed suspension of trade across LOC after the seizure of truck load of contraband drugs and stressed the need for amicable resolution of the matter with Pakistan so that the important CBM of trade across the LOC is not jeopardized.

Chief Minister also apprised the Prime Minister of the achievements registered by the coalition government during the last five years in the State in various fields of socio-economic development, empowerment of people, employment generation and restoration of peace and stability. Matters pertaining to security and law and order also came up for discussion in the meeting.

Earlier Dr Manmohan Singh was received at the airport by a battery of dignitaries including Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Chairman Legislative Council Amrit Malhotra, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Members of the Council of Ministers, Parliament Member and President J&K Pradesh Congress Committee, Saif-ud-Din Soz, Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey and Director General of Police, Ashok Prasad.

After a night stay at Raj Bhawan, the Prime Minister will inaugurate Indian Science Congress tomorrow morning at University of Jammu, the sources added.

Tight security arrangements have been made across the winter capital for the Prime Minister's two-day visit.

Additional troops have been deployed within the city and its periphery, especially around the Raj Bhawan, official sources said.

They said that check points have been raised at all the sensitive locations, adding,"men in civvies and khakhi are also directed to maintain vigil."

However, commuters faced a tough time during Prime Minister's arrival as the traffic on the roads, remained halted for around one hour.

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