Rajnath arrives in Kashmir on day-long visit

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Srinagar

Government on Tuesday sealed commercial hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar city to prevent a march called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the killing spree.

Last evening, the police had issued an advisory, asking commuters to use an alternate route as “the stretch of road from Amira Kadal to Regal Chowk will be blocked for traffic”.

An eyewitness said that barricades have been erected by the police at Amira Kadal and the Regal Chowk to prevent any movement towards the historic Lal Chowk.

JRL has called for a march to Lal Chowk today to protest the killing spree and Kulgam “carnage”.

Seven civilians were killed in a blast at the site of a gunfight in Laroo village of Kulgam on Sunday morning.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Tuesday to review the overall security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, specifically in the Valley and along the India-Pakistan border, an official said.

“Heading to Srinagar on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Shall review the security situation and important initiatives taken in the state,” the Minister tweeted before leaving the national capital.

Beside chairing a high-level security review meeting, the Minister would also be interacting with some political delegations.

He would meet Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhawan along with senior officials from civil administration, police and security forces and assess the prevailing situation in the state, IANS reported.

This is Rajnath Singh’s first visit to the Kashmir Valley after governor’s rule was imposed here in June and comes on the heels of the urban local body election results on October 20, the report said.

Two key political parties — the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that have been the ruling BJP’s alliance at the Centre and state at different times had boycotted both the urban and the upcoming panchayat polls, reported IANS.

He was expected to meet leaders of political parties and representatives of some civil society groups.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under the governor’s rule after PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti resigned as Chief Minister following the withdrawal of support by the Bharatiya Janata Party, IANS reported.

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