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Amit Shah demands answers on terror, radicalisation at J&K security meet

Prime News, National, Terrorism, Srinagar, October 23:- Prolonged encounters with terrorists, the growing threat of radicalisation, the killing of civilians, and an increase in cross-border infiltration – these were the key issues discussed at a high-level meeting chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar Saturday (October 23).

A senior Home Ministry functionary told NDTV security agencies presented their side in an inquiry into why, despite a massive build-up of Indian forces in the area and extensive outreach efforts by the government, the twin threats of radicalisation and home-grown terrorism were on the rise.

Government data says 32 civilians have been killed so far this year; 41 were killed in the whole of last year. Further, in the first nine months of this year, there were 63 cases of terrorist-initiated encounters and 28 instances of atrocities committed by terrorists were registered.

A ministry official informed NDTV that “The narrative of the Centre is that J&K is safe for everyone… but these killings prove minorities and outsiders are not safe. This is a big concern for government… so a strategy to further reassure people was discussed.”

The threat of radicalisation – high on the list of the government’s concerns for J&K – is something that has been flagged by all intelligence and security agencies operating in the Kashmir Valley.

Shah also visited the residence of martyr Parvez Ahmed, in Srinagar and is also likely to meet the family members of other civilians killed by terrorists in Srinagar this month. The home minister arrived in Srinagar this morning on a three-day visit to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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