Kashmiri Traders Refuse To Meet Rajnath Singh Home Minister In Violence-Hit Kashmir

Srinagar, July 23 – Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Saturday morning on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley.

Traders Refuse To Meet Home Minister In Violence-Hit Kashmir

A special BSF plane carrying the minister landed at the technical area of the Srinagar International Airport at 11.45 a.m.

A team of senior home ministry officials and Directors-General (DGs) of central paramilitary forces are accompanying Rajnath Singh during his visit.

He is scheduled to meet a number of local delegations, including representatives of various political parties, civil society members and traders on Saturday at the Nehru Guest House here to discuss the prevailing situation and find a way out of the current logjam.

Rajnath Singh will chair a high-level security meeting besides one-on-one interaction Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

The home minister, according to official sources, is likely to visit some areas in South Kashmir that have been worst hit by the ongoing cycle of violence in which 48 people have been killed.

The central government has already sent additional 3,000 troops of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to help the state administration deal with the present law and order situation.

This is Rajnath Singh’s second visit to Kashmir during this month. He came here earlier on July 2 when eight CRPF troopers were killed by fidayeen militants in Pampore area of Pulwama district.

Rajnath Singh had also performed the Amarnath Yatra and paid obeisance at the Hazratbal shrine here during that visit.

The present cycle of violence started on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed along with two of his associates in a gunfight with security forces in Kokernag area of Anantnag district.
Prominent trade and commerce bodies in Kashmir have refused to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a two-day visit to the violence-hit Valley.

The minister arrived in Kashmir this morning, to take stock of the law and order situation.
He is accompanied by the Directors General (DGs) of paramilitary, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Mr Singh will hold a high level security meeting in Srinagar and is also expected to meet Governor Narinder Nath Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

He is scheduled to fly back to Delhi on Sunday afternoon.

45 people have died and over 2,000 have been injured in over two weeks of clashes between demonstrators and security forces amid protests over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani earlier this month.

The centre has already sent over 3,000 paramilitary troops to the state to assist the state government restore peace in the trouble-torn valley.