New Delhi, October 23: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that there has been a major shift in the security situation in Jammu & Kashmir in last four months. Addressing a press conference at the end of his day-long visit to the state, Singh said, “As far as the J&K security situation is concerned, a major shift is seen in last four months. There has been a decrease in the numbers of stone pelting incidents. Also, I have got information that there has been a fall in the number of militant recruitment in the state.”
Rajnath’s visit comes just a day after three militants and six civilians were killed during an encounter launched by security forces in Laroo area of Kulgam on Monday. The civilians were killed when an explosive went off at the encounter spot when locals gathered before the sanitisation could be completed by the forces. The centre announced a Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the deceased.
The visit by the home minister also holds significance as the BJP had recently claimed victory in the urban local body elections, held after a gap of 13 years in the state. In the election which was boycotted by the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and marred by a low voter turnout, independent candidates took the lead in Srinagar Municipal Corporation and won the most wards across Kashmir, where the BJP managed to make inroads too.
Earlier, the home minister held review meetings on the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the Valley and along the border with Pakistan. Singh also met Governor Satya Pal Malik, former CM Omar Abdullah and top civil, police and security forces officials. (Courtesy: IE)