Rajnath coming on Thursday to review ceasefire, border situation

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive June 7 for a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, during which he will review the suspension of counter-insurgency operations in the month of Ramazan and also meet people affected by cross-border shelling, officials here said on Monday.
During his stay in Kashmir, Rajnath will travel to the frontier district of Kupwara to review some projects being undertaken as part of the Border Area Development Programme, officials said.
Later, he will review the suspension of anti-militancy operations during Ramazan with top officers of police, paramilitary and central security agencies.
Singh is also expected to discuss with the state government and security officials the possibility of extending the suspension of operations beyond Eid and during the period of the Amarnath Yatra, which will begin on June 28.
The home minister’s visit comes amidst an offer for talks with the Hurriyat Conference.
On the second day of the tour, the home minister will visit Jammu and take stock of the situation along the international border, where more than a dozen security personnel have been killed in firing by Pakistani forces.
Several thousand people living along the border have also been evacuated and taken to safer places due to the continuous firing from across the border, another official said.
The central government has already decided to construct more than 28,400 bunkers in Jammu and Kashmir for the safety of residents living along the Indo-Pak border.