NEW DELHI: In the wake of a curfew and a communication clampdown in Kashmir, Central government officials took stock of the security situation in the Valley, ahead of the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday.

While National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval has been in the valley since last week, he undertook a security and law and order review meeting on Tuesday, a day after he conducted an aerial review of the goings-on in the valley. The meeting was attended by K. Vijay Kumar the advisor to Governor Satya Pal Malik, Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh, Lt Gen K.J.S Dhillon, the director general of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbagh Singh, and Chief Secretary B. Subramaniam.

On Wednesday, J&K Principal Secretary (Planning Commission) Rohit Kansal said, “There will be some restrictions for tomorrow (Thursday). The overall security situation continues to be calm. There have been no major reports of any untoward incident."

At the same time, continuing the crackdown on political leaders of the state, former IAS officer and politician Shah Faesal was arrested at the Delhi Airport on Wednesday, while he was on his way to the U.S, via Istanbul (Turkey). He was taken to Srinagar, where he was placed under house arrest.

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