Amit Shah reviews security scenario, stresses on zero-terror policy


New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has stressed on zero-terror policy in his first meeting with top officials of his ministry, according to reports.

Shah discussed with officials of various security agencies who apprised him of the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala and Maoist-hit regions of the country. They also apprised Shah of cross-border threats.

Media reports said the former BJP chief has asserted that the government will continue its zero-terror policy in Jammu and Kashmir. He expressed concerns over the presence of jihadi groups particularly in Kerala and adjoining states.

The Home Minister discussed with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on the present state of affairs relating to the issues. Doval has been given an extension of five-year term on Monday.

Shah is expected to meet the heads of paramilitary forces and police organisations in the coming days. Media reports said he might take up the reshuffle of Delhi Police.

Secretary of Home Rajiv Gauba, Director of the Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain, RAW chief Anil Dhasmana along with several other senior officials of the home ministry attended the meeting as well.

Special notes were presented on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir by the Jammu and Kashmir Affairs division which deals with counter-terrorism, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and coordination between ministries, including external affairs and defence.

The BJP in its 2019 election manifesto has promised to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A from Jammu and Kashmir.

During the meeting the officials also briefed Shah about the cross-border threat from neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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