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Home Minister Amit Shah to visit Kashmir today

Srinagar | Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir today, of which the main focus will be development and security.

This will also be the newly sown-in minister’s maiden visit to J&K.

Security has been beefed up in anticipation of his visit. “In view of HM (Home Minister) visit, strong and reliable input of terrorist action in and around capital has been sounded,” read a message circulated by the state police. Restrictions on the movement of traffic have been announced for two days on the Boulevard Road that goes around the Dal Lake in Srinagar.

According to reports, his visit will begin with a prayer in the holy Amarnath cave. He will arrive in Srinagar today and take a chopper to reach the Amarnath Cave Shrine.

The BJP chief will also chair a meeting for the security arrangements in the upcoming Amarnath Yatra. The state police have been asked to give a detailed presentation to Home Minister about the security scenario in valley and arrangements made for the yatra.

A senior government official told HindustanTimes that the home minister will review the security situation in the state and the progress of development projects undertaken by the Centre. Shah will also chair a meeting of the Unified Command – which comprises officers of the Indian Army, Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the state police, to review steps taken for a peaceful and terror-free Amarnath Yatra, and discuss ongoing and future counterterror operations.

Amit Shah is also likely to meet up with Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik. He is also expected to ask the governor about the developments that led him to conclude that leaders of the separatist Hurriyat Conference were ready for a meaningful dialogue with the Centre.

Shah’s main activities during his two-day visit are taking place at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex (SKICC), Nehru Guest House and the state Raj Bhawan.

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