Rajnath arrives in Srinagar, holds out olive branch

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday to held talks with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor N.N. Vohra

In a tweet, Singh, who is accompanied by newly-appointed Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior MHA officials, said that he has "come here with an open mind and willing to meet anyone who helps government find solutions to the problems faced by the state".

The Congress' policy has been pondering over how to go about contentious Article 35-A vis-a-vis three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

Restrictions were imposed by the Srinagar District Magistrate in Maisuma, Safa Kadal, M.R. Gunj, Nowhatta, Khanyar and Rainawari, the police said.

Rajnath Singh also talked about martyred soldier Abdul Rashid, and said he was very upset to see the crying and teary eyed face of the martyr's daughter.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after his arrival in Srinagar held a one-on-one meeting with the Chief Minister.

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The home minister posted updates from his meeting on Twitter. "No power on the earth can stop us from bringing back peace in Kashmir", Rajnath said.

Of the total outlay, Rs 21,988 crore has been released and five projects have been completed while seven are likely to be completed soon.

Singh's in visit is considered a follow-up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech in which he had sounded a fresh reach-out to the people of the Kashmir Valley. The former chief minister further said, "At the time when NC-Congress government was ruling in J&K and UPA ruling in the Centre, situation in all aspects was good". He will arrive in Jammu later in the afternoon and meet various delegations. "In the brief gunfight, two militants have been killed", they said. The work in educational institutions in Sopore and adjacent areas also was suspended as a precautionary measure.

A fire fight between militants and forces was also raging in Burbugh village of Imam Sahib area in southern Shopian district. Unconfirmed reports said that one terrorist was killed in the encounter.

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