High-level meeting in Kashmir over J and K infiltration

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Srinagar, Apr 2 (ANI): A high-level meeting to be chaired by the Union Home and Defence Secretaries will be held here today to discus the issue of infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir.

Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh will hold discussions with the State Government officials on several issues, including the recent encounters taking place along the Line of Control in North Kashmir and security plans to be put in place for the five-phased general elections.

Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda, Corps Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt General Bikram Singh and other senior officials of Army, Police and Intelligence agencies are expected to attend the meeting. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram reviewed the security scenario in Kashmir with state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah last month.

Chidambaram said then that the security forces are ready to ensure peaceful polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

He also chaired a high-level meeting of the Unified Command in Jammu to review security plans ahead of the general elections.Earlier, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor said that adequate forces have been deployed in the State as over 40 per cent of the rebels operating in the region are seeking to infiltrate Kashmir.

"The fact that the passes are closed, the infiltration is at a low ebb. But that notwithstanding we are quite ready with our counter-infiltration posture. A three-tier posture is in place and our attempt would be to ensure that no infiltration takes place. We have adequate forces to ensure that the environment remains peaceful for people of J-K to exercise their franchise without any hindrance and in a stable environment," General Kapoor said on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi. (ANI)

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