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Despite a steady decline in terrorist incidents in the Kashmir Valley, the security of Kashmiri Pandits remains a matter of concern for the Centre. A strategy to deal with this was chalked out in a high-level meeting held at the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi on Tuesday. Along with this, a blueprint was prepared for the security of Kashmiri Pandits.
Meanwhile, out of the 56 employees whose hit list was released by the terrorist organization The Resistance Front (TRF) two days ago, six-seven families returned to Jammu on Tuesday. On the other hand, there is panic among the PM package employees living in Kashmir.
They say that the atmosphere is not conducive to work in the valley. According to sources, in this meeting headed by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, two days ago, the incident of making public the list of Kashmiri Pandit employees by the terrorist organization was seen very seriously. Along with this, there was also a long discussion on the increasing use of drones for cross-border drug and arms smuggling.
Expressing concern over the incidents of target killing of Kashmiri Pandits, minorities and outside laborers in the meeting, instructions were given to effectively control it. Along with increasing surveillance, emphasis was laid on dismantling hybrid terrorists and OGW networks. It may be noted that this is the first high-level meeting after Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit in October.
In the month of November, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha met the Prime Minister and informed about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Apart from the Home Secretary, NIA chief Dinkar Gupta, IB chief Ajay Deka, RAW chief Samant Goyal, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, DGP Dilbag Singh and Intelligence DG RR Swain attended the meeting. While CRPF Director General Sujay Lal Thousen participated through video conferencing.
To fix the security grid before the start of the election process
Sources said that the terror network in the valley has been weakened to a great extent. But Pakistan-backed terrorists are intent on targeting Pandits to maintain an atmosphere of violence. A comprehensive plan is being prepared to stop this. After this meeting, Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will hold consultations with security agencies on this issue. The Center aims to ensure that the security grid is fully in place before the start of the election process in Jammu and Kashmir.
Brainstorming on development plans as well
The Home Secretary also inquired about the progress of the ongoing development works under the Prime Minister’s Development Package. To know about the work going on in different sectors and their progress. Taking information about the progress of the Jammu-Srinagar highway, instructed that its work should be expedited. It should be completed as soon as possible by removing all the obstacles so that people can get the benefit of the highway for 12 months. He inquired about the progress of the rail line between Katra and Banihal.