Major shift in security situation of J & K : Rajnath Singh
Srinagar. Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that there has been a major shift in the security situation in Jammu & Kashmir in last four months.
Addressing a press conference at the end of his day-long visit to the state, Singh said, “As far as the J&K security situation is concerned, a major shift is seen in last four months. There has been a decrease in the numbers of stone pelting incidents.”
He further said, “Also, I have got information that there has been a fall in the number of militant recruitment in the state.”
Rajnath’s visit comes just a day after three militants and six civilians were killed during an encounter launched by security forces in Laroo area of Kulgam on Monday.
The civilians were killed when an explosive went off at the encounter spot when locals gathered before the sanitisation could be completed by the forces. The centre announced a Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the deceased.
“There has been an incident in Kulgam. I have been informed that some civilians have been killed in it. It is very unfortunate. I have been told that the operation had concluded and the security forces had left but some people went there and an explosion took place due to some reason. We are pained at the loss of lives,” Singh told reporters.
He added, “If there is an operation by security forces, I appeal to the people that they should not try to go there. The security forces do take precautions and we have repeatedly directed them to do it.”
Former CM Mehbooba Mufti also met with Rajnath and appealed to resume dialogue between India and Pakistan.
“Good relations with Pakistan have a positive impact on the ground situation in the state and it also encourages reconciliation among stakeholders within the state which automatically results in decline in alienation levels of people,” the Peoples Democratic Party leader said as reported by ANI.