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One militant killed in ongoing gunfight in Sopore

Srinagar: One militant has been killed in an ongoing gunfight between the Indian Armed forces and militants in Baramulla’s Sopore, as reported by ANI, news agency.

The armed forces were conducting a search operation in the area on Saturday morning after receiving inputs of the presence of militants in the area.

This comes hours before the Union Home Minister’s four-day visit to the state beginning today. Singh is scheduled to meet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the Governor N N Vohr. He will travel to Srinagar, Anantnag, Jammu and Rajouri and meet with the members of civil society, businessmen and local politicians.

The Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) on September 7 had called for a complete shutdown on September 10, the day when Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in the state.

JRL had urged the people to observe the shutdown and send out a message to the world that by using military might against the people or harassing the genuine and people’s movement in Kashmir, it cannot be crushed

The minister will chair a meeting of officers of the Army, paramilitary forces and state police in Srinagar. The top officials will brief him about the situation at the Line of Control and the Valley. The minister on Friday said he was going to Kashmir with an open mind and was willing to meet all those who wanted to meet him. “We want a resolution to the problems,” he had earlier told reporters in New Delhi.

“I personally want that we talk to everyone. So whoever comes to meet me, I will talk to them,” Rajnath had said, adding that the government had all intentions to solve the Kashmir issue.

However, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah on Friday had said that, “I have no expectation at all. He will come, he will meet as he had done before. He led a delegation of MPs (earlier). What happened to that delegation and their recommendations? Nothing happened and I expect nothing to happen now.”


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