Amidst shutdown and tight security interlocutor visits Tral

Srinagar, Mar 29: Former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma today reached Tral amidst shutdown and tight security arrangements as an interlocutor and met with about half a dozen delegations there.

On his fourth visit to the valley after being appointed as interlocutor since October 23, 2017 ,to initiate meaningful dialogue process with all stakeholders, today he visited Tral which is considered as a stronghold of militants after which he interacted with the governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N N Vohra.

A partial shutdown was also observed by the locals of Tral against his visit to the city while full proof security arrangements were put in place to prevent any sort of militant attack, stone pelting or mob gathering.

Reports said that people having a valid invitation to meet the interlocutor Mr. Sharma were only allowed to go towards the Circuit House as the road leading to it was sealed by the security forces.

A spontaneous strike was observed against Mr Sharma’s visit to Tral, where shops and business establishment were closed and traffic was off the road.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sharma met several delegations, including activists of mainstream political parties, in north Kashmir district of Bandipora at Hari Niwas, though prominent trade bodies and civil society members had refused to meet him.

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