Union Home Minister Amit Shah who is visiting Jammu and Kashmir on a two day visit, his first after taking charge, reviewed the security situation in the state . Shah’s visit comes after the BJP during the poll 2019 Lok Sabha poll campaign had vowed to remove Article 370 and Article 35 A is voted back to power .
Breaking away from protocol, Governor Satya Pal Malik, accompanied by his advisors and some top officials of the state administration, received Shah at the airport.
After arrival he chaired a high-level meeting of civil administration officials and top bosses of various security agencies in the state.
Malik, his advisor incharge Home Affairs K Vijay Kumar, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, state Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, DGP Dilbagh Singh and divisional commissioners from the Valley and Jammu were present in the meeting
Governors in the past have normally only received the prime minister while visiting the state.
Later, Shah also visited the family of Jammu and Kashmir Police inspector Arshad Ahmed Khan, who was killed in a terror attack in Anantnag on June 12.
Amid tight security arrangements, Shah visited the family in Bal Garden area of the city.
The area was cordoned off for the home minister’s visit.
Khan, 37, was injured in the terror attack and later flown to Delhi in an air ambulance for specialised treatment. However, he succumbed to injuries at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Khan is survived by wife and two sons, aged four and one.
Five CRPF personnel were killed in the terror attack, in which a lone Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)terrorist targeted a patrol team of the paramilitary force.
Khan, the SHO of Saddar Police station in Anantnag, reached the site soon after.
The moment he stepped out of his official bulletproof vehicle, along with his service rifle, a barrage of bullets were fired by the terrorist. One ricocheted from the butt of his service rifle and hit his liver and duodenum, officials had said.
Even in that condition, the officer kept firing bullets at the terrorist before he collapsed, they had said.