Terrorist attack police party, one cop killed

Amid Article 35A debate, rising encounters Rajnath begins 4-day J&K tour

While addressing police personnel in Anantnag, he said, "You are working in extremely challenging conditions here". They said that Singh is scheduled to visit Khanabal in south Kashmir's Anantnag district where he will interact with CRPF and police officials.

The Home Minister is likely to attend a comprehensive security review meeting with Mehbooba Mufti and the top brass of the Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday.

"It is a constitutional guarantee to the unique identity and legitimate rights of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, irrespective of religion or caste", the party provincial president said.

The visit of senior Congress leaders assumes significance as it has come amidst raging controversy over Article 35A, continued unrest in some parts of Kashmir, growing voices in Jammu region against the stay of Rohingya Muslims, apart from increased incidents of cross border firing and infiltration along the Line of Control among other things. He said PMDP includes assistance for completely damaged or partially damaged houses due to 2014 floods and the project costing Rs 1200 crores is now complete.

Rajnath Singh had earlier said that a solution to the Kashmir problem, besides terrorism, Naxalism, and the northeast insurgency, will be found before 2022.Rajnath Singh's visit comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the ramparts of Red Fort said his government was committed to bring back the "lost glory" of Kashmir.

The Congress team has come to assess the ground situation and to see what the ruling coalition has achieved and what it has lost in the past almost three years, he said.

Siah said the reason they met the minister this time was that the tourism industry had been battered by two years of unrest.

On Saturday itself, soon after the home minister's arrival in Srinagar, a J&K policeman, Imtiyaz Ahmed, was killed and his colleague Shakeel Ahmed critically injured in a militant attack at Anantnag's bus terminus.

Indian security forces officials patrol a street in Srinagar during a strike call in Sept 2016.

Later in the evening, an encounter erupted in Imam Sahib area of Shopian district late in the evening. The SHO had reportedly requisitioned a bullet-proof vehicle in view of the danger posed by terrorists, but was not provided one.

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