Bullet proof vehicles for all police stations in J&K ordered: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir

Meanwhile, restrictions under section 144 continued to remain in force in six police station areas of Srinagar, the officials said.

The delegation also sought a sustained and open-ended political engagement with stakeholders in Kashmir irrespective of their ideology, and urged New Delhi and Islamabad to make honest and sustained efforts towards resumption of a comprehensive dialogue on all outstanding issues including that of Kashmir, the spokesman said. "I don't have words to praise your bravery. Even the PM has praised your courage".

The Centre has allocated funds for the purchase of bullet-proof vehicles for the personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. He had thanked them also for their tremendous efforts in battling terrorism and working under extremely hard conditions.

The resistance leaders in a statement issued in Srinagar said: "The strike is being observed by the people of Kashmir to prove to the world community and the Indian leadership that genuine people's movement in Kashmir can not be crushed by using military might or harassing the leadership". Rajnath also requested the local people to support the government's efforts to eliminate terrorism from the Kashmir Valley and to help reclaim its earlier title of "heaven on earth". "I appeal to everyone to come forward to have a discussion if you have any complaints or qualms".

Official sources said that soon after his arrival Singh had an hour-long one-to-one meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to discuss the overall security and developmental issues in the State. However, he said, no power in the world can stop from bringing peace in Kashmir. He said it was his aim to provide, at least, '1 crore to the family of a martyr from the Central paramilitary forces.

The Home Minister has issued open invitation to people to meet him for finding solutions to the problems in the embattled State.

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