Kashmir unrest: Day after Opposition meet, Rajnath Singh to visit Valley again

Rajnath Singh's visit comes a day after Omar Abdullah met Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the violence in Kashmir.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 23, 2016 7:04 pm
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will undertake a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir beginning Wednesday. According to reports, Rajnath is to be accompanied by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other senior officials.

During his visit, he is likely to hold meetings with the state leadership. On Monday, Rajnath Singh held a meeting with senior security officials in which he was briefed on the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley and steps taken to restore peace. Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah led a delegation of Opposition members from the state to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the government to stop the use of pellet guns. Abdullah had also submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Muherjee last week.

The Home Minister’s visit comes at a time when curfew is being lifted from parts of Srinagar. The restrictions on the movement of people in many areas of the Valley were also lifted following improvement in the situation. Barring a few stone-pelting incidents, most parts of Srinagar and the Valley remained largely peaceful throughout Monday. However restrictions on the assembly of four or more persons under Section 144 crpc will continue to remain imposed in the entire Valley to maintain law and order.

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Normal life in Srinagar and the Kashmir Valley has been crippled due to curfews that have been in place since the outbreak of protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

The clashes that erupted between security forces and protesters in the aftermath has resulted in 68 deaths. The most recent casualty was an 18-year-old when he was hit by a tear-gas shell used by the police to disperse a protesting crowd in downtown Srinagar on Sunday. Curfews have been in place in Srinagar and Kashmir Valley for 46 consecutive days as on July 23.

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  1. M
    Aug 23, 2016 at 11:51 am
    Well what is this inept HM doing to hold separatists responsible for this mess ? Clueless policies by inept spineless clueless governance...
    1. Barb Dewyre
      Aug 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm
      "" We want to see Kashmiri boys holding laptops and books in their hands. stan is causing all these problems in Kashmir. It is only a handful of people who are pelting stones. I have instructed our security personnel to act with restraint." Is what he will say while he is there.lt;br/gt;What he won't say is " we are clueless on what to do. Children as young as 7-8 are throwing stones at us. We did not follow up on the prime minister's promises to send aid to Kashmir after the floods. We simply don't know how to handle stan. This doesn't seem like a simple law and order problem. How do we get Mehbboba Mufti to say the same thing we are saying."
      1. Pork Kabab
        Aug 23, 2016 at 2:07 pm
        No confusion-they are muslims. your next door neighbour if Muslim will behave the same way if they are in majority.
        1. Jayaraman Nagarajan
          Aug 23, 2016 at 3:34 pm
          Stones in the hands and pellets in the hands of Security forces is not democracy and peace cannot blossom which has to come from heart.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;As a common man we can appeal to public stop giving protection to terrorists for ever and there will be no firing of pellets which damages and pierce youngsters which is really saddening. Please refrain from turning to violence and set a goal for your life improvement. In a district called Kanchipuram a mosque and hindu sankaracharya mutt co-exist. When the prayer from mosque comes through the speaker Kanchi seer Paramacharya silently perform Puja undisturbed by Namaaz. Can we not follow the same example. Kashmiris please come to Kanchipuram and see for yourself peaceful existence of Hindus and Muslims in the holy town of Kanchipuram , Tamilnadu. Let us not lose our valuable life which is available only once in our life time. Pray for all
          1. S
            Aug 23, 2016 at 10:00 am
            CM Omar Abdullah, can you tell the people of kashmir to stop supporting terrorist and stop throwing stones?
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