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Amit Shah to begin 3-day Jammu and Kashmir visit today, first since Article 370 was scrapped

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will reach Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday for a three-day visit, during which he will hold a security review meet in Srinagar and visit some violence-affected districts in the Valley, The Indian Express reported.

This will be Shah’s first visit to the Union Territory after the Centre scrapped its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5, 2019. He had last visited the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir right after taking over as the home minister in June 2019.

On Friday, security was tightened in Kashmir, with drones and motorboats of the Central Reserve Police Force being put in operation, NDTV reported.

The CRPF’s Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Mathew A John told the news channel that snipers and sharpshooters have been deployed at strategic places. “Vehicles are being checked and pedestrians are being frisked,” he added. “It’s not to harass the public but for their safety, too.”

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday seized several two-wheelers in Srinagar and shut down the internet in some areas. Many residents alleged that their two-wheelers were seized by police officials, who did not check their documents, PTI reported. The residents were asked to collect their vehicles from the police after October 26.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police said that the bikes were…

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