New Delhi: Amid a spate of civilian killings and encounters between militants and security forces, Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The home minister met the family of slain policeman Parvez Ahmed, who was killed by terrorists last month. He met Ahmed’s wife Fatima Akhter and gave her official papers for a government job.
Shah, who is on a three-day visit to the union territory, was received by Lt General Manoj Sinha at the Srinagar airport. This is his first visit to the union territory since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.
Shah will inaugurate the first direct international flight between Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar and Sharjah in UAE on the first day of his visit. He will chair the security review meeting in Srinagar and will also hold interaction with members of Jammu and Kashmir’s Youth Clubs on Saturday.
Ahead of Home Minister’s visit to the union territory, several traffic restrictions have been imposed in Srinagar including those driving two-wheelers subjected to intensive security checks.
In addition, a total of 50 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) teams have been deployed to Jammu and Kashmir for security purposes. Recently, after the killings of non-locals in Jammu and Kashmir around 700 people have been detained in the union territory, a few under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), police officials informed.
“Ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s three day visit to Jammu and Kashmir beginning from Saturday, the security has been heightened across Kashmir. All sensitive places in Srinagar and other districts of valley have veen put under strict security blanket. With drones in place, forces are maintaining strict vigil in city centre Lal Chowk,” said Mathew A Jones, DIG, CRPF on Friday.
Local police seized thousands of bikers at various places in Kashmir valley and the Internet services have been suspended in many areas. Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar claims that suspension of internet services as well heightened security are purely related to militancy-related incidents and has nothing to do with the upcoming visit of the home minister.
Meanwhile, a total of 26 detainees are being shifted to the Central Jail of Agra from Jammu and Kashmir under the Public Safety Act 1978. The order has been issued ahead of Shah’s three-day visit to the union territory beginning Saturday.