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Home Minister Amit Shah arriving in Rajouri today

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Jammu: Amid multi-layer security cover, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will arrive in Rajouri today and meet the families of slain in the recent attacks at Dhangri area of the district. Shah will also chair a security review meeting and likely announce measures to strengthen the Village Defence Committees of the district.

Sources told Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that Shah will reach Dhangri village of Rajouri in the morning at around 11 am. “Security arrangements have been put in place to ensure smooth arrival of the Home Minister,” sources said, adding that “A high alert has been sounded on highways, Rajouri district and also in parts of Jammu. All security agencies have been put on high alert.”

“The Home Minister will meet members of all three families who have lost their family members in the January 1 attack in Dhangri,” a source privy to Home Minister’s itinerary, said. Sources said that the Home Minister may hand over job letters to the next of kin of slain Dhangri attack victims. BJP General Secretary (Org) Ashok Koul confirmed that the Home Minister is visiting Rajouri tomorrow. “He will fly back to Delhi after chairing a security meet in Jammu,” Koul said.

The Home Minister after meeting the family members of the slain will chair a high-level security meeting in Jammu where top officials of police, army, CRPF, BSF, and other security agencies will participate. Sources in the security establishment said that the Home Minister will get feedback from the security officials on the recent attack on the civilians in Dhangri village and the progress achieved so far in the investigations of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the police top brass.

Sources said that Home Minister may likely announce some security measures that include further strengthening of Village Defence Committees (VDCs) in Rajouri district as demanded by the locals there in the wake of January 1 attack in which seven civilians including two minors lost their lives. The locals of Dhangri, Rajouri in their memorandum submitted to LG Manoj Sinha had demanded the strengthening of VDCs on the lines of Doda district and covering the entire district under strict CCTV surveillance.

The locals had also demanded patrolling of the Army on vital roads and the protection of temples in the district.