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Mehbooba Mufti Meets Rajnath Singh to Discuss Kashmir Situation

File photo of Union home minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. Credit: PTI/S. Irfan

File photo of Union home minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. Credit: PTI/S. Irfan

New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti met home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday to discuss the law and order situation in the state and the recent attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

According to officials, the meeting lasted about half an hour, as the chief minister apprised the home minister about the steps taken to maintain peace in the Kashmir Valley and discussed steps to be taken to ensure the security of future Amarnath pilgrims.

Seven pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag district while returning from the Amarnath cave shrine on Monday.

Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told to implement security plans with full vigour, officials said.

So far, more than 1.86 lakh pilgrims have visited the high-altitude Himalayan shrine.

As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces and two battalions of Army have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes, this number is 9,500 more than the personnel deployed last year.

Four districts of the northern state – Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag – have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.

The unrest resumed since the April 9 by-poll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.