Rajnath Singh

Rajnath chairs meet to discuss ways to curb civilian-security forces clashes in J&K

Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday, also attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, in New Delhi to discuss the escalating tensions in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) between the civilians and the officials of the government security forces and review the steps required to bring down the number of casualties.
Other than NSA Doval, the top security officials, including Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and chiefs of intelligence agencies, also attended Tuesday’s meeting in the capital. During the meeting, the home minister was given a detailed account of the violent clashes which erupted in J&K after the killing of Burhan Wani last month, and till now have claimed lives of 63 people, including two cops.
23 year-old Wani, a poster boy of the Hizbul Mujahidden terrorist group, was gunned down by the officials of security forces in a secret operation on July 8. In the recent clashes between the security forces and the civilians protesting Wani’s killing, five young men were killed and six others were injured on Tuesday in Magam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
According to reports, Singh gave clear instructions to the officials present at the meeting in New Delhi, that they should try their best to restore peace in the border state as early as possible and avoid casualties of both civilians and security personnel.
The officials also gave the home minister a detailed account of an infiltration bid which took place on Monday along the Line of Control in Uri sector of Kashmir, and resulted in killing of five militants by the security officials. He was also briefed about the country’s overall security situation and the measures being taken to keep a check on terrorism and people trying to disrupt peace and harmony.
Also during the meeting, the home minister took stock of the situation in Assam in the wake of militant attacks which were carried out on Monday. He reviewed the security situation in the north-eastern state where suspected ULFA militants exploded a series of five bombs in Charaido and Tinsukia districts.
The explosions in the two districts of Assam occurred on the day when whole of the nation was celebrating the 70th anniversary of India’s independence. However, no casualty or injury was reported in any of the explosions.

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