Srinagar, June 7: Terrorists have attacked an Army patrol party in Haril in Kupwara district, reported news agency ANI of Friday morning. More details regarding the extent of damage and casualties, if any, are awaited. However, the brazen attack does seem like an attempt by terrorists to cock a snook at the Centre at a time when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is in the strife-torn state. Singh landed here yesterday on a two-day visit to review the situation and then decide on whether the suspension of anti-terror operations would be extended beyond Ramzan. Also Read - Pulwama-like Attack Averted After Army Recovers 52 kg Worth Explosives in Jammu and Kashmir

Singh addressed the people of the state, asking them to cooperate with the Centre which wanted to restore peace there. He also slammed the separatist leaders for inciting the youth to resort to violence. He said the Centre had taken measures for augmenting the strength of the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.  “Rs 174 crore has been given for restoration of police stations, while Rs 500 crore has been provided for acquisition of high-end weapons,” Singh said to reporters. He said the Centre has also hiked the monthly remuneration of 25,474 Special Police Officers (SPOs) in the state from Rs 3,000 to Rs 6,000. The Home Minister said that 3,882 youths have been recruited by the central armed paramilitary forces. Also Read - India-China Standoff: 'No Force Can Stop Indian Troops From Patrolling Ladakh Border', Says Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

He said, “7,302 youths have been recruited in the Army, 5,381 local youths have been recruited in the five IRP battalions raised in the state.” Singh said the Centre had sanctioned two women police battalions — one each for Kashmir and Jammu regions — as part of its efforts for increasing the representation of females in security forces. (With PTI inputs) Also Read - Monsoon Session of Parliament Day 4: Lok Sabha Passes 2 Key Agriculture Bills Despite Farmer Protests