Srinagar: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, who has been camping here since Tuesday, talked to locals and security personnel during a quick tour of the sensitive downtown area here on Friday, officials said.

The NSA, accompanied by his aides and senior police officers, visited the Eidgah locality and stopped at various places to interact with locals. He later talked to police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and thanked them for their wonderful work in maintaining law and order.

The NSA has instructed the security forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that the common people are not harassed in any manner during the tight restrictions imposed in the wake of abrogation of the constitutional provisions that accorded special status to the state, the officials said.

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Ajit Doval has approved 300 phones for troops, an estimate number of 1,000 mobile phones of top brass, including civil and administration, are already working.

Doval went to Shopian in south Kashmir on Wednesday and talked to the locals. He also interacted with the police and paramilitary personnel on the ground to keep their morale high.

Doval was seen explaining to the people how the new set up would ease people's lives by improving health facilities and education. He told people there that the government will make every effort to better the education of the children in the valley.