Amit Shah J&K Visit: In Jammu and Kashmir, union home minister Amit Shah’s three-day visit begins today on Saturday, October 23. Shah will meet representatives of Panchayat Institutions besides taking stock of the security situation² in Jammu and Kashmir at the Integrated Headquarters meeting. He will also review the development schemes released under the Prime Minister’s Development Programme, which will lay the foundation stone of two medical colleges. Shah will flag off the first direct air service from Srinagar to Sharjah. He will also address a public meeting in Jammu.
In view of the home minister’s visit and the prevailing situation in Kashmir, the Home Ministry has decided to send an additional 50 companies of the Central Paramilitary Force to further strengthen the security apparatus. 15 companies have arrived. Six of them have been deployed in Srinagar and adjoining areas. The others have been sent to Pulwama in south Kashmir. 35 companies are coming in the next few days. Moreover, security forces in Kashmir have started drone surveillance of settlements of non-Muslims and migrant labourers. Bunkers are being re-installed at various places in Srinagar. Meanwhile, security has been tightened across Kashmir following the visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah from Saturday. Police and CRPF water wing personnel are also on continuous patrolling in speed boats and instalments in Dal Lake.
Home Minister Amit Shah will arrive in Srinagar in a special flight at 10 am today. A team of home ministry top officials including Union Home Secretary AK Bhalla, senior officials of Central intelligence agencies and CRPF are coming. After arriving in Srinagar, he will attend a meeting of the Jammu and Kashmir Unified Headquarters after a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. He will review the counter-terror operations by taking stock of the overall security situation² in Jammu and Kashmir along with officials of all security agencies besides senior officers of Jammu and Kashmir Police. The meeting will be held at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre. Shah will return to Delhi from Srinagar on the afternoon of October 25.
Drones have been used for the past four years to maintain law and order in Kashmir and military operations against terrorists, but this is the first time that they have been deployed to monitor the settlements of non-Muslims and migrant labourers. The administration has started using them recently following the incidents of target killing. About 20 drones are being flown in different parts of Srinagar city itself.
In Kashmir, 11 innocent people have been killed by terrorists in the last 21 days. These include non-Muslim and migrant labourers. CRPF operation DIG Mathew A Jan said the use of drones will help in maintaining the sense of safety and confidence of the people. The activities of miscreants in the street market can be monitored. A flight test of the drone was also conducted at Pratap Park in Srinagar on Friday. He said security agencies have state-of-the-art drones that are active in all seasons. It will also mark the suspicious element hidden in a crowd of hundreds and send real time footage to the control room.