Omar announces removal of twelve more bunkers

Srinagar, Feb 17 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir ChiefMinister Omar Abdullah today announced the removal of twelvemore bunkers from the city as part of an exercise launchedlast year to reduce the footprints of the security forces inthe Valley.

The Chief Minister made the announcement afterchairing a high-level security meeting here.

With today''s decision, the total number of securitybunkers removed in the Valley stands at 39 with twenty sevenof them removed earlier by the government in two phases.

The decision to undertake removal of bunkers in othertowns will be taken shortly, an official spokesperson said.

As part of its initiative to address the unrest in theKashmir valley, the Centre had decided to appoint a group ofinterlocutors to hold a "sustained dialogue" with variousshades of opinion, to release about 200 youth detained forstone-pelting and de-escale the presence of securitypersonnel.

It had also requested the state government to reviewthe deployment of security forces in the Kashmir Valley withparticular reference to de-escaling the number of bunkers,check-points in Srinagar and other towns, and to review thenotification of areas as ''disturbed areas''.

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