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Jammu and Kashmir terror attack: Amit Shah to visit Rajouri today to meet families of victims | India News



NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah will visit Rajouri on Friday to meet the families of victims of the twin attacks in the district that had claimed the lives of seven civilians at the start of this year. He will also chair a high-level security review at Jammu later in the day, according to sources.
Shah’s day-long tour to J&K will begin with Dangri village where he will visit the homes of four civilians gunned down by terrorists on January 1 and three others killed in an IED blast the next day. He will be accompanied by J&K LG Manoj Sinha.
The home minister will later reach Jammu to take stock of the security situation in J&K, with a focus on the Jammu division, and chalk out future strategies with the Army, para-military, J&K police and intelligence brass.
Sources said the investigation of who carried out the attack is underway, though Lashker e Taiba — which had been trying to establish a foothold in the Pir Panjal region, as per a disclosure made by LeT operative Talib Hussain arrested in mid-2022 — has emerged as an initial suspect. Around 50 persons have been detained or arrested so far as part of the probe.
Shah’s visit to Rajouri comes even as the J&K administration and police have initiated a slew of measures since the twin attacks, to scale up security of the Hindu-dominated areas in the district. These include sending an additional 1,800 CRPF personnel to set up and man nakas and pickets and also assist the J&K police in intelligence-based cordon and search operations. Also, the Army has been patrolling the villages of Rajouri and the border grid has been strengthened.
Another key measure that has been unrolled is re-energising the village defence groups, which were created a long time back to act as first responders to possible terror attacks on civilians in the rural pockets. As part of this initiative, camps are to be organised in all the villages of Rajouri — and eventually, Poonch — to assess the condition of the weapons held by the village defence volunteers and also their handling of these weapons. Weapons, which essentially include .303 rifles, not found to be in a proper working condition are being replaced, either with working .303 rifles or better weapons like self-loading rifles (SLRs). Also, training camps are being organised by the Army, CRPF and J&K police to train the VDC members who are not familiar with handling of the weapons.


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