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High alert along Line of Control over terror threat

August 26, 2019

Security forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir are on high alert as the threat of cross-border terrorism continues to exist, say officials. Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary has said this at a media briefing.

Kansal also said that day time restrictions had been lifted from some areas. "The day time restrictions have been lifted from 69 police stations across the length and breadth of the valley, while 81 police stations in Jammu region are without any day-time restrictions".

Officials said traffic movement had increased and more people were coming into offices. But there is no public transport and markets in the Valley have been shut for 20 days now. Many schools have reopened and local level disturbances are being reported. Incidents of protests and stone pelting have fallen.

Restoration of landline telephone services is being reviewed continuously and eight new exchanges are likely to be restored. There are plans to hold block development council polls soon.

There has been an important decision taken regarding the elections to the Block Development Council as the next step towards operationalising and institutionalising the Panchayat Raj mechanism in the state. - Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir

Elections would be held in 316 block councils across the state and the administration is targeting to complete the process by September end.

In the meantime, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that India cannot be a safe and secure country or grow into a developed nation unless its internal security system is strong. "Our country is facing threat from extremists, narcotic smugglers and cyber criminals, besides terrorists sponsored by neighbouring countries. As IPS officers, you will have to face all these tough challenges ahead in your career. Unless internal security is maintained, the nation cannot be safe," he said this while speaking at a passing out parade of Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers.

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