Chidambaram meets Omar, reviews security situation in JK

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Jammu, Feb 4 (PTI) Home Minister P Chidambaram todayreviewed the security situation of Jammu and Kashmir at a highlevel meeting here attended by Chief Minister Omar Abdullahand stressed the need for a strong coordination among variousagencies to stamp out militancy there.

Chidambaram, who arrived here on a two-day visit tothe state yesterday, discussed the latest intelligence inputsand cross border infiltration at the meeting that lasted overan hour, official sources said.

Various security organisations put forth their pointof view concerning different security-related issues,including applications received from the kith and kin ofmisguided youths, who aspire to return to their native placesin Jammu and Kashmir, they said.

Before the review meeting, Chidambaram discussedvarious issues relating to governance, law and ordersituation, counter-terrorist operations and politicaldevelopments over a breakfast meeting with the Chief Minister,sources said.

Besides, Omar, the security review meeting wasattended by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, DirectorIntelligence Bureau Rajiv Kapoor, state Director General ofPolice Kuldeep Khoda, DG CRPF K Vijay Kumar, Joint Secretary(Home) K Sikandan, top officers of BSF, CRPF, police, Army,Intelligence agencies.

Later the Home Minister along with the Chief Minister,the Deputy Chief Minister and the DGP flew to Kishtwar wherehe held another meeting to review the law and order situationwith the local officials of five districts of Kishtwar, Doda,Ramban, Reasi and Udhampur.

L K Advani was the last Home Minister to have visitedKishtwar in 1998, they said.

Chidambaram had yesterday held a closed-door meetingwith top state Congress leadership to discuss the "politicalaspirations" of three regions of the state.

The meeting assumed importance in view of the parallelrallies organised by Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress(JKPCC) and another by dissident Congress leadership, whichwas addressed by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on thedeath anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

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