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Updated: February 17, 2010 14:47 IST

Chidambaram chairs meeting of Unified Command

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A file picture of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram. Photo: PTI
A file picture of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram. Photo: PTI

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday chaired the meeting of the Unified Command to discuss the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Tight security arrangements have been made for the Home Minister’s visit in view of the State BJP’s plan to gherao him to protest his approval of the policy to allow surrender of militants mooted by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

Barring a demonstration by over 100 workers led by BJP’s State legislative party leader Chaman Lal Gupta at Bikram Chowk, the law and order situation was peaceful in the city, police said.

The meeting being held at the Chief Minister’s residence was attended by Director general of Police Kuldeep Khuda besides chiefs of BSF and CRPF.

The agenda of the meeting includes review of the security situation, plans of modernisation of the police force and the surrender policy, officials said.

Contours of the “cross-border surrender policy” after taking into consideration militants in PoK camps, latest intelligence inputs, screening setup and modalities of surrender are expected to be discussed.

The Centre has said it was ready to “welcome” Kashmiris who had gone to PoK if they were ready to return after giving up militancy.

“The idea that any Indian who had crossed over to PoK and wishes to return India is certainly welcome,” Chidambaram has said.

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