Amit Shah seeks ‘zero fear of terror’ in J&K

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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, October 5: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday asked the security agencies to ensure ‘zero fear of terrorists and separatists’ in Jammu and Kashmir, while calling for wiping out terrorism in the Union territory.

Shah on Wednesday held a review meeting in Srinagar on security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. He asked security forces and police to pro-actively conduct coordinated counter-terrorism operations.

He lauded security agencies and J&K administration for keeping streets free from violence and “significantly restoring rule of law”.

Union Home Minister directed that security grid should be further strengthened to ensure zero fear of terrorists and separatists, said the J&K administration in a statement.

Shah asked the security forces and police to continue with coordinated efforts through counter-terrorism operations to wipe out terrorism, saying that terror eco-system comprising elements that aid, abet and sustain terrorist-separatist campaign to detriment of well-being of common man requires to be completely dismantled.

The Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir Manoj Sinha and other senior officials of the Central Government, including the Army, CAPF, J&K Police and Jammu & Kashmir Government attended the security review meeting.

It was stated in the meeting that the ‘HarGharTiranga’ campaign during the Independence Day celebrations saw a new level of unprecedented enthusiasm.

Shah reviewed the working of the security grid and progress made on various items of the security agenda in previous meetings to reduce the incidents of terrorism and stranglehold of the separatist networks over the system. The Minister also sought that the cases registered under the UAPA were reviewed, calling for investigation to be timely and effective.

“The agencies concerned should work on improving capacities for ensuring quality investigation,” said Shah.

On Wednesday Shah also visited a Chenwi Patshahi Gurudwara in Srinagar along with Sinha. He also held a rally in which he hit out at the ‘Gupkar Model’, claiming that it “promotes stone-pelters and guns in the valley”.

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