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Ramzan Ceasefire Won't Be Extended, Forces To 'Prevent Terrorist Attacks': Rajnath Singh

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| June 17 , 2018 , 13:49 IST

With the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan, the ceasefire announced by the Indian government has also come to an end and the authorities are not planning to extend it as the security forces will resume to crackdown on Militants, confirmed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday.

With the recommencement of anti-terror operations, terrorists will the prevented from launching attacks on civilians. The announcement came after senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead near his office in Srinagar Press Colony on Thursday by an alleged Pakistan-based terror outfit.

Singh tweeted, "It was expected that everyone will cooperate in ensuring the success of this initiative. While the Security Forces have displayed exemplary restraint during this period, the terrorists have continued with their attacks, on civilians and SFs, resulting in deaths and injuries."

He further added, "The Security Forces are being directed to take all necessary actions as earlier to prevent terrorists from launching attacks and indulging in violence and killings. Government will continue with its endeavour to create an environment free of terror and violence in Jammu and Kashmir. "

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday night held a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh for discussing the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and reviewing the suspension of operations during the holy month of Ramzan that ended today, officials said here.

The meeting was held ahead of a dinner hosted by PM Modi for RSS leaders where the home minister is understood to have briefed on the security situation in the Kashmir Valley for the two-month Amarnath Yatra beginning June 28, especially in view of the recent killings and kidnappings.

Army jawan Aurangzeb was kidnapped by suspected Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in Pulwama on Thursday before his bullet-riddled body was found hours later. In a video, believed to have been shot before he was killed, he was grilled about his role in terror operations.

The Ramzan ceasefire was announced on May 17 "in order to provide people of the state a conducive atmosphere to observe Ramzan and the festival of Eid". However, the data collected by the home ministry showed that terror-related incidents in the Valley saw a jump of over 100 percent during the month.

Compared to the data from mid-April to mid-May when only 25 terror-related cases were reported, as many as 66 cases have been reported between May 17 and June 13 as the attacks on civilians also grew in number post the announcement of Ramazan ceasefire.