Chidambaram meets Omar, discusses security issues

Chidambaram meets Omar, discusses security issues
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First Published: Thu, Jun 11 2009. 12 20 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 11 2009. 12 20 PM IST
Srinagar: Union home minister P.Chidambaram on Thursday discussed security issues and progress of development projects with Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.
Chidambaram, who arrived here this morning on a two-day visit to the state, will make an on-the-spot assessment of security situation in the state.
Official sources informed that the home minister, who heads a team of senior officials, will meet the Unified Command to review law and order and militancy situation.
Chidambaram, who is on his first visit to the state after taking over as the home minister, will take stock of reports of infiltration that has taken place in the state from the army officials, including the top-brass of Srinagar-based 15 Corps.
According to a state government report, nearly 200 militants have managed to infiltrate in the recent past.
Security arrangements for the annual Amarnath Yatra, which is scheduled to begin on 15 June, will also figure in the home minister’s discussions with the state government.
Chidambaram’s visit to the state comes after a three-day tour by special secretary (internal security) Raman Srivastava during which he met senior officials of the state government, the Army, the central para-military forces and the Amarnath Shrine Board.
According to home ministry sources, Srivastava has given inputs to Chidambaram about the infiltration problems.
The valley has witnessed week-long protests over the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian, 52 km from here. Violence broke out in the valley after the bodies of Asiya (17) and her sister-in-law Nelofar (22) were recovered on 30 May after they went missing from an orchard.
The state government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the matter and registered a case of rape and murder.
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First Published: Thu, Jun 11 2009. 12 20 PM IST