Home secy holds talks with J&K CM, Guv over security

Pak summons Indian deputy High Commissioner over ceasefire violation
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11 May 2017

Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi today met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and held extensive discussions on the security situation along the LoC and international border and issues related to law and order in the state.

"The Governor and the home secretary held extensive discussions about issues relating to effective maintenance of law and order," a Raj Bhawan spokesman said after the meeting. Vohra and Mehrishi also discussed matters relating to the security situation along the international border and LoC, increasing attempts at infiltration and growing incidence of terrorism in the valley, the spokesman said. Earlier, Mehrishi called on chief minister Mufti here and discussed the security situation in the state. "During the meeting, the home secretary discussed the overall situation in the state with the chief minister," an official spokesman said.

Mehrishi arrived here this morning, a day after militants abducted and killed a young Kashmiri Army officer in Shopian district. The home secretary is scheduled to chair a meeting of senior security officials, including Director General of Police S P Vaid, to get first hand information about the security scenario in the state, particularly in the valley where student protests have been going on for nearly a month now.  Meanwhile, a senior official of Kashmir Police today said that militants belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen may have killed young Kashmiri army officer Lt Ummer Fayaz and an INSAS rifle snatched from cops could have been used in the crime, the Jammu and Kashmir police suspect. The official also said that Fayaz's body did not bear any torture marks while adding that the post-mortem report is awaited.

"We have conducted preliminary investigations. It does point out to (the involvement of) a module of Hizbul Mujahideen active in Shopian," Inspector General of Police Kashmir S J M Gillani said. Police have found two empty cartridges of an INSAS rifle at the place where Fayaz was shot dead by the militants in Shopian. In a related development, Pakistan today summoned India's deputy high commissioner here to "condemn" the alleged ceasefire violation by India along the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir that killed a man and injured three others.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that Indian security forces violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Tandar, Subzkot, Khuiratta, Baroh, Bagsar, Khanjar sectors in PoK early today. It said the alleged Indian firing killed a civilian while three others, including a woman, were injured.