Vohra meets Modi as Kashmir security scenario remains grim

Governor N N Vohra Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to discuss the prevailing security situation which has deteriorated after a series of bank robberies carried out by unidentified gunmen and the increase in militant attacks by government forces.

Officials said that the duo discussed the prevalent situation in the Kashmir during the meeting which was held at the Prime Minister’s Office at South Block The meeting lasted for over about 45 minutes and comes after the escalation in tensions due to the deterioration in security scenario.

Pertinently, unidentified gunmen looted the money from banks, while as the incidents of attacks on the government forces as well as the weapon snatching cases have shown a rise particularly in the South Kashmir region.

Election Commission of India (ECI) recently cancelled the Anantnag by-polls after noting that the “security situation was scary.’’

The governor discussed the continuing unrest in parts of the Kashmir Valley with the situation from South Kashmir particularly coming under discussion. Vohra also informed the prime minister about various developmental works being carried out in Jammu and Kashmir, they said. Though the situation continues to remain grim, the developmental works have again started with the road repair works particularly being carried out at fast pace.

Vohra had on Tuesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him of the security situation in the state as the Kashmir Valley witnessed fresh bouts of violence for the last few days.

Militants on Thursday evening attacked an army convoy killing a civilian and leaving two soldiers including an Army major injured. The security has been beefed up across South Kashmir with special instructions being issue that joint CRPF and police patrols should be carried out particularly in the heavily infested militant areas. The situation particularly remains precarious as the militant movement has intensified across the region while the searches and cordons continue.

On the roads the armed force personnel frisk the vehicles and check the identities of the people and resort to detention if people face to procure the proper identity cards reminding the people of early situation of 90s when the crackdowns and searches had gotten intense. In both the Shopian and Pulwama districts particularly the spate of militant attacks have been witnessed and the student protests have only made the situation worse.

South Kashmir residents have alleged of excesses by government forces during the cordon and search operations even as aerial surveillance has been intensified to track the militant movement.

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