MHA is concerned about PM’s security: Rajnath Singh

Jammu, Jun 8: In the backdrop of interception of an internal communication of the Maoists revealing plans of a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-type’ assassination of Prime Minister Modi by the Pune Police, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a topmost priority for everyone and his ministry is cautious about it.
“We are always concerned about the security of our Prime Minister,” Singh told reporters here at a press conference before wrapping up his two day visit to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh arrived in Srinagar on Thursday.
“Maoism and extremism have now been reduced by many folds. Maoists are just fighting a lost battle,” he said adding that there are roughly just 10 districts in the country that is the most affected by Maoist extremism.
He however, cited the example of the insurgency in North-East India and said, “Maoism has been finished and there were no cases of extremist-related violence in the region in the last four years”.
“Eighty-five percent extremism has been reduced in the North-East in the last four years. Our security agencies are present and active round-the-clock to ensure that no untoward incidents happen there,” he asserted.
The Home Minister said that the Naxal-affected districts have come down to 90 districts from 175 districts in the last four years under the BJP led government and Maoist-related violence has also come down drastically.
Meanwhile Singh today visited the North Kashmir’s Kupwara district and held meetings with various delegations here at Dak Bangalow.
The Union Home Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Deputy CM Kavinder Gupta, Union Minister of State for PMO, Dr. Jitender Singh, Minister for Social Welfare Sajad Gani Lone, MLA Kupwara Bashir Ahmad Dar, Chief Secretary BB Vyas, DG Police S.P. Vaid, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jahangir and other concerned.
The Union Home Minister interacted with delegations from various areas of the district and listened to their demands. He assured them that all of the projected issues would be looked into.