Extension of ceasefire will be taken after assessing security situation: Rajnath

Extension of ceasefire will be taken after assessing security situation: Rajnath
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Srinagar, Jun 8: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday announced that decision on extension in ceasefire would be taken after reviewing the security and proper consultations thereafter with the public representatives of Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to reporters after meeting public delegations in frontier district Kupwara, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that delegations have put their demands before me. Central Government has taken some measures and further steps would also be taken for the welfare of border population. Five IR Battalions will be raised and sixty percent of the vacancies for these IR battalions will be reserved for the people of border areas.”
In reply to a question on possibility of extension in ceasefire, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said “after few days security will be reviewed at the highest level and views of the public representatives of Jammu and Kashmir thereafter will be taken before taking a final decision.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday visited this frontier district and interacted with various delegations — including Gujjars and Bakarwals — who had come from different parts of the north Kashmir.
Singh arrived in the summer capital, Srinagar, on Thursday on a two day visit to the state.
Large number of people besides delegations had arrived at Dak Bunglow Kupwara this morning. However, all roads leading to the Dak Bunglow were sealed to prevent any militant attack.
Singh, accompanied by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Union Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitender Singh arrived here in a helicopter. He was received by Sajjad Gani Lone, minister in the coalition government from BJP quota and other senior civil and security force and police officials.
Official sources said that a delegation of Gujjar and Bakarwal communities meet Singh and sough creation of Gujjar Regiment in the Army and recruitment of Special Police Officers (SPOs) from Kupwara. “We urged the Home Minister to create a Gujjar Regiment to which he has agreed. We also asked him to recruit youth from Kupwara as SPOs. Singh assured us that this demand will also be fulfilled,” a leader of the Gujjat community told reporters after meeting the Union Home Minister.
He said the delegation also raised the issue of connectivity to border town of Tangdhar. “We urged him (Singh) to connect the border town through four-lane road and train. He has assured us that this demand will also be fulfilled,” he said.
Singh met a delegation from far flung border areas, including Keran and Karnah, which sought all weather road connectivity to these areas. “We met Singh and sought all weather road connectivity to border villages, including Keran and Karnah. For Sadhna Top, Singh said that a tunnel come up very soon there. And for Z-Gali, the Home Minister assured us that it will also be taken up with the concerned ministry,” another delegation told reporters.
The delegation said they also raised the issue of ceasefire violation by Pak and sought shelter house for the people living in these areas.
Besides these, Singh met a number of local delegations. The Union Home Minister also paying tributes to the martyrs of Jammu and Kashmir Police at the District Police Line in Kupwara.
Later, Singh left for Jammu region, where he will interact with border dwellers of R S Pura at S K University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST)-Jammu and will meet people at village Chakroi of border town.