Home minister Amit Shah (PTI file)
Home minister Amit Shah (PTI file)

Amit Shah reviews security in wake of violence in Kashmir and Bengal

  • Shah chairs a high-level meeting in the wake of unabated stone-pelting in the Kashmir valley
  • The meeting was also aimed at addressing the post-poll violence in West Bengal

NEW DELHI : Home minister Amit Shah on Thursday chaired a high-level internal security review meeting in the wake of unabated stone-pelting in the Kashmir valley and post-poll violence in West Bengal.

The meeting is one of several high-level internal security review meetings that Shah has held in the last week amid the ongoing crisis in Kashmir and Maoist insurgency in the so-called red corridor, especially Chhattisgarh.

Those who attended Thursday’s meeting include National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, minister of state for home affairs G. Kishan Reddy, home secretary Rajeev Gauba and Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Jain.

The meeting follows heavy stone-pelting in Srinagar and adjoining areas on Wednesday by supporters of slain militant Zakir Musa, commander of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, bringing Kashmir to a near-standstill on Eid.

Musa was killed by security forces in an encounter in Pulwama’s Awantipora on 23 May —last year saw the killing of 257 terrorists in the Kashmir valley, according to the centre’s statistics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been stressing the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir, which was also the party’s poll plank for Lok Sabha elections.

Persons familiar with the developments stated that the meeting chaired by Shah—“which is a routine affair for any home minister"—was also aimed at addressing the post-poll violence in West Bengal, where two Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers have been killed in the last two days in north Bengal’s Cooch Behar.

Trinamool Congress supporters have squarely blamed the BJP for the killings, while the BJP has denied the allegations.

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