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Union Home Secy arrives for security, PMDP review

Mubashir Bukhari

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By Mubashir Bukhari

Srinagar, Mar 26: Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and top officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday reached Srinagar for the two-day high-level review of security, Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) and situation along the Line of Control.
Top army, CRPF, police officials attended the day-one of the meeting held at SKICC Srinagar.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), as per reports, has asked entire State administration of Jammu and Kashmir to be prepared for listing their priorities including requirements from the Centre and review of progress on developmental works especially those under the PMDP during the two-day stay of the Home Secretary.
As per reports, the progress on the issues of Kashmiri Pandit migrants including their rehabilitation package, problems of West Pakistani refugees and issues of border dwellers, who were facing the brunt of Pakistan shelling and firing are among the issues being discussed during these days.
As far as PMDP is concerned, Government of India, until November 2017, has released Rs 23,275 crores out of the Rs 80,000-crore Package announced by PM Narendra Modi for Jammu and Kashmir in November 2015.
Of it, the state government has spent Rs 19,887 crore, the official documents accessed by The Kashmir Monitor revealed.
The Union Home Secretary, as per reports, is also going to review the security situation within the Kashmir region, which tends to become volatile in summer season.
“We have seen how infiltration attempts escalate during the summer pushing the militant activities in the hinterland. It has the potential of badly affecting yet another year of tourist season, which was lost in 2016 in the incidents aftermath of Burhan Wani killing and 2017 due to violent incidents after Srinagar Lok Sabha by-poll,” sources said.
Gauba, sourced added, is likely to review the steps required to keep militancy under check and control the street protests.
Reports said that he will also take review of annual Amarnath pilgrimage which will begin from June 28.
The reports said the same was keeping in view the incident of last year in which the militants had succeeded in targeting a bus of the yatris killing some of them and injuring others.
Home Ministry, as per reports, was mulling deployment of additional paramilitary forces in Kashmir well in advance to ensure fool-proof security arrangements for the annual pilgrimage.
Gauba’s visit is taking place at a time when militancy related incidents have witnessed a surge and a number of youths have joined different militant outfits in the recent past.
The latest among the youths who joined the militant outfit was Junaid Khan, son of Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, who replaced Syed Ali Shah Geelani as chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, a constituent of Hurriyat Conference (G)

 

Mubashir joined The Kashmir Monitor as a reporter/ sub-editor in Jan 2013. Since then, he has been consistently covering beats including conflict, politics, education, and health. He is also handling online section of the paper besides working as Video Producer.

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Jaish almost wiped out, no one willing to head it: Army

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Army on Wednesday claimed the government forces have “severely targeted” the militants for the last few months and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant outfit was “almost wiped out with no one willing to take over it”.

Addressing a press conference here, GOC 15 Corps, KJS Dhillon, who was accompanied by Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir SP Pani, and IG CRPF Zulfikar Hassan, said that 69 militants have been killed and 12 of them arrested so far this year.

“Post Pulwama incident, 41 militants have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis while 13 were A+ category,” Dhillon said.

 

The GOC 15 Corps claimed that they have targeted JeM leadership.

“The situation now is so that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley,” he said.

“Even after Pakistan’s best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM. The operations against the militants will continue with full vigour and we will not let militancy rise up,” he said, while appealing the local militants to surrender.

“Recruitment of local militants has gone down. In addition, those who surrender, we will take care of their security,” he said.

Dhillon also advised civilians not to rush to the encounter sites.

Asked about the bi-weekly restrictions on civilian traffic on the Highway, he replied, “This is just a temporary measure. There are now relaxations on the civilian traffic.”

On the occasion, the DGP said 272 militants were killed in the state during 2018 and a “large number was apprehended.”

He too claimed that the local recruitment in militant outfits had declined.

“2018 was generally a successful year. There has been less ‘law and order’ problem. We brought many youth (who had joined militancy) back to their homes,” the DGP claimed.

“Elections have been conducted peacefully in the state because of a well-planned security grid. Voter turnover at 13 percent in Anantnag district is not less. People voted despite threats, no one can be forced to vote,” he said.

Asked there were reports that 11 youth had gone missing in south Kashmir during the last one month, the IGP Kashmir said, “Few had gone missing but returned. They had gone missing for other reasons, not to join militancy.”

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Held Pak militant paraded before media

‘Chota Dujana was active in Srinagar for over a year’

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday presented a Pakistani militant Mohammad Waqar, alias Chota Dujana before the media, who, they claimed, was arrested from Pattan area in Baramulla on Monday.

During a press conference here, the militant was briefly allowed to respond to media.

“My name is Mohammad Waqar, resident of Miana Mohalla Punjab in Pakistan. I underwent a four-month militant training there,” he said.

 

 “I was told that Kashmiris are harassed, women are assaulted and Muslims are not allowed to offer prayers in Masjids. But I did not find any such thing here,” he replied when asked why had he picked up arms.

The militant was soon moved away.

SSP Baramulla, Abdul Wahid, said Waqar was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba and had arrived in Kashmir in July 2017.

“He was operating in Srinagar for over a year now,” the officer said.

He added that the militant was travelling in a vehicle along with a Kashmiri when they were intercepted by the police near Mirgund, Pattan.

“They were chased and arrested near Chainabal Pattan,” he said.

The SSP said that as per their preliminary investigations, the militant was given shelter in old city as well as uptown areas of Srinagar.

“His plan was to resurrect militancy in Baramulla,” Wahid said.

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Malik sent to judicial custody till May 24

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New Delhi, Apr 24: A Delhi court Wednesday sent the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, arrested in connection with the alleged funding case, to judicial custody till May 24.

The Tihar jail authorities have also moved an application seeking direction to produce Malik through video conferencing due to security concerns.

The family of Yasin Malik, said on Saturday, that the JKLF chief had fallen ill and was shifted to a Delhi hospital after he went on a hunger strike to protest against his “illegal” detention.

 

Earlier this month, Malik was brought to Delhi from Jammu and was later arrested by NIA in connection with an alleged case related to the funding of militant and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. He was produced in a special court which remanded him in NIA’s custody till April 22.

Malik was shifted to Delhi’s Tihar Jail after NIA secured his production remand.  The JKLF chief was taken into preventive custody in February by the J&K police and lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.

Malik organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Centre.

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