Home minister Amit Shah has met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday to review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a PTI news report said. The meeting was close on the heels of Doval’s recent return from J&K after spending 10 days in Kashmir following the government’s decision to scrap Article 370 that gave special status to the state. During his 10-day stay, he travelled across the valley to meet Kashmiri people to get a feedback of the valley’s psyche. The intelligence boss also held coordination meetings with top army and paramilitary commanders.
Restrictions were eased in Kashmir on Monday and schools were opened. PTI reported that teachers made it to the schools but not many students turned up. Private schools though remained shut for the 15th consecutive day due to fear of untoward incidents. Government spokesman and principal secretary (planning) Rohit Kansal said the government was planning to reopen over 190 primary schools in Srinagar. “We hope to restore full functionality to government offices…You have to give us an opportunity to start the schools. We promise we will do step by step and slowly but surely,” he had said.