Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake a four-day official visit to Jammu and Kashmir from Saturday and will hold confabulations with an "open mind" with a cross-section of the society to seek a solution to the vexed problem in the state. The attack is being seen as a major security breach since the location of the attack was just 500 yards from the scheduled meeting venue of home minister Rajnath Singh.
Congress leader Karan Singh, former Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, AICC General Secretary Ambika Soni and party representatives from Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh are part of the group.
Sources said Singh would stay in Srinagar for two days and leave for Jammu, the winter capital of the state, on the morning of September 11. He is on a four-day visit to the state, and had met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti earlier in the day. "It will create jobs for the people of J&K".
He said that he told the Home Minister that a statement should be issued either by him or Prime Minister that Kashmir is a safe destination to travel to. In response, the minister said, he agreed with the concern shown by the students and he would take up the issue with State authorities. The total cost of PMDP is Rs 80,068 crores that includes 63 projects.
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While Mirwaiz and Geelani have been placed under house arrest, Malik was arrested from his Maisuma residence here late last night and lodged at the Kothibagh police station before being moved to Central Jail, a police official said. Home Minister said the rehabilitation package for Jammu migrants has been implemented under the package.
Terrorists on Saturday attacked the police party at a bus stand in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, reported news agency ANI. The slain policeman was identified as constable Imtiyaz Ahmad. At least two other police personnel sustained grievous firearm injuries who were admitted in the hospital.