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Ladakhis demanding UT status: Rajnath

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: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the Indian Army is giving a “befitting reply” to the terrorists as well as to continuous ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).

“Our soldiers and army are giving a befitting reply,” Singh said in reaction to Sunday night's attack on a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Baramulla town of and Kashmir, as well as continuous ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.

Militants attacked a camp of the counter-insurgency 46 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Janbazpora area of Baramulla on Sunday night. One BSF trooper was killed and another injured in exchange of fire during the attack.

Rajnath made the remarks after reaching Leh on his two-day visit to as part of the Centre's efforts to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The visit comes as tension escalated along the Line of Control and the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes at seven terror launch pads on September 29 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Singh said he would meet a delegation from Leh and Ladakh people and listen to their problems. “I will try to resolve their problems,” Singh added.

“There have been no other talks except for single and unanimous demand of UT for Ladakh by all political parties, religious, cultural and social organization representatives in Leh.” It was stated by Rajnath Singh, Home Minister, GOI in a press briefing at ITBP, Choglamsar today during his two days visit to Ladakh region.

Mr. Singh said that he has assured Ladakhis of his visit to Ladakh last month when he visited Jammu and Kashmir with all party delegation. “Ladakhis have always complained of keeping any party delegation or visit of some big leaders confined only to Jammu and Kashmir but as I committed today I convened a meeting with all political parties, religious, cultural and social organization representatives from Leh district to attend to their demands and aspirations and they only have to say one thing, UT status for Ladakh,” said the Home Minister. He added that tomorrow he will be visiting district to access the situation there and if there is any serious issue that needs to be addressed state and centre government will sort viable solution, assured Mr. Singh.

The all party, religious and social delegation submitted a memorandum to Home Minister today appealing him for grant of UT status with legislature to Leh-Ladakh. “Given the prevailing situation in J&K, all of us are committed to realization of this long standing demand and appeal to the GOI in one voice to consider our long standing demand for grant of the UT status with legislature for Leh-Ladakh,” reads the memorandum.

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