Amit Shah Embarks on Maiden Kashmir Visit Next Week


SRINAGAR — Home Minister Amit Shah is all set to arrive in Kashmir next week to take stock of the prevailing security situation and to get feedback from the government agencies on the preparations put in place for the smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra commencing from July 1.

As per a local gathering news agency, Shah will be visiting Kashmir next week between June 10 to 15 to take stock of the situation. He is likely to chair the meeting of unified headquarters in Srinagar where Governor SP Malik and heads of all the government force agencies are expected to participate. Shah has also sought the power point presentation of the security plan framed for the smooth conduct of annual pilgrimage of Amarnath commencing from July 1, the news agency said.

Ever since his appointment as Home Minister, Amit Shah has been continuously focusing on Kashmir and on Thursday last he chaired a high-level internal security review meeting in the wake of unabated stone-pelting in the Kashmir valley.  

The meeting was one of several high-level internal security review meetings that Shah has held in the last week amid the ongoing crisis in Kashmir and Maoist insurgency in the so-called red corridor, especially Chhattisgarh.

Those who attended Thursday’s meeting include National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, minister of state for home affairs G. Kishan Reddy, home secretary Rajeev Gauba and Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been stressing the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir, which was also the party’s poll plank for Lok Sabha elections.

Persons familiar with the developments stated that the meeting chaired by Shah—“which is a routine affair for any home minister”—was also aimed at addressing the post-poll violence in West Bengal, where two Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers have been killed in the last two days in north Bengal’s Cooch Behar.


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