Rajnath Singh begins 4-day J & K visit today

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While addressing police personnel in Anantnag, he said, "You are working in extremely challenging conditions here". Her unarmed father, Abdul Rashid, was shot dead at point blank by terrorists in the of Anantnag town, just three days before the Eid festival Singh said that centre will consider operating helicopter services for CRPF personnel serving in Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate movement of troops.

Sources further said that during his visit to the state, where he will be accompanied by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior officers of Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Singh will meet Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. The home minister said that he has invited them on several occasions and that he has come for them.

Rajnath Singh said the four-laning project of Chenani-Nashri section of NH-1A is complete with project cost to the tune of Rs 781 crores.

Rana said Article 35A reflected the identity of people and empowered them to shape their destiny and said any attempt to fiddle with it would harm Jammu more than the other two regions.

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Singh's in visit is considered a follow-up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech in which he had sounded a fresh reach-out to the people of the Kashmir Valley. He will arrive in Jammu later in the afternoon and meet various delegations. Reports said the residential house in which the militant was trapped was damaged during the gunfight.

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.

Meanwhile, district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in an encounter with a joint party of police, CRPF and army during a cordon and search operation at Dangerpora, Reban, Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla district this morning.

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