JAMMU: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval visited Shopian district on Wednesday and inter-acted with people and police personnel and assured the locals that their security is the Government’s responsibility while situation across Jammu region remained peaceful with restrictions in force in most of the districts.
Doval drove to most sensitive district of Kashmir in Shopian and inter-acted with the people on security situation and other aspects and was seen having lunch with locals on a roadside dhaba. He spent sufficient time with the local people. He gave security personnel deployed in the hot-bed of militancy a pep talk.
“The country’s leadership, its future depend on how capable our forces are, how trained they are and how high their morale is,” he told a group of security personnel in Shopian, which figured among most militancy-affected district in the Kashmir valley.
Doval arrived in Kashmir on Tuesday, a day after the Centre revoked the provisions of Article 370, which gave special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir. He is reaching out to the local population in the Valley as a Confidence Building Measure (CBMs). “Everything will be alright. Everything will be fine. Everyone should live peacefully. Whatever the almighty does is good. We are thinking about the growth and welfare of your generations. Your safety and security is our responsibility,” Doval told people in Shopian.
Doval returned to the national capital satisfied. In a report to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the NSA was reported to have stated that residents of the State were supportive of Centre’s initiative to scrap Article 370.
He also met policemen in the area and praised their role in containing the situation in the State for the past several years. “Jammu and Kashmir Police is one of the best police forces. It has a special place for us. It has overcome various challenges and performed duties under exceptionally tough circumstances,” Doval told the policemen.
Later, videos of Doval, flanked by Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbag Singh, interacting with locals and policemen went viral on social media.
Dressed in a green sleeveless jacket and khaki and blue formals, Doval was seen telling the security personnel about their successes in the disturbed areas