Restore peace in J&K, avoid casualties, Rajnath tells officials

Rajnath Singh cautioned that the casualties of both the civilians and security personnel in the violence-hit state should be minimum.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Published: August 16, 2016 5:39 pm
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday held a high-level review meeting on Jammu and Kashmir and instructed security officials to restore peace and normalcy in the state at the earliest.

He cautioned that the casualties of both the civilians and security personnel in the violence-hit state should be minimum.

The minister was, in turn, briefed by top officials on the prevailing situation in Kashmir and the infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector in Kashmir.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and chiefs of intelligence agencies and other top civil and security officials attended the meeting, sources said in New Delhi.

The meeting was held even as reports from Srinagar said five civilian protesters were killed in firing by security forces in fresh violence in the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, taking the deaths to 65 since the July 8 killing of a popular rebel commander.

Pramod Kumar, commandant of the 49 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), was killed on Monday after four militants hurled a grenade and opened fire at a security patrol in an old city area of Srinagar.

There have been reports of violence and stone-pelting in Budgam and Anantnag districts as well, sources said.

At the meeting, Rajnath Singh also reviewed the overall security scenario in Assam, which also saw militant attacks.

Suspected militants exploded five bombs in Charaido and Tinsukia districts as the state was celebrating the 70th Independence Day on Monday.

On August 5, 14 persons were killed and at least 20 injured by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) militants in Kokrajhar district of Assam.

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  1. M
    Aug 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm
    Well duffer HM how peace will return when the piglets separatists are still free and preaching hatred...Old strategy will not work and unless there is change in a strategy, there will be no changes on the ground...
    1. A
      Aug 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm
      Kadi Ninda Mamu hasn't done any Kadi Ninda of anyone lately. What's wrong with him? He should see a doctor immediately.
      1. C
        Curious onlooker
        Aug 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm
        When a situation of insurgency is created by traitors egged on by foreign agencies, it must be handled firmly and casualties are to be expected on both sides. It is the duty of the uniformed constabulary to meet the rebellion in the best possible method known to them. Non violence against a rampaging and uncontrollable crowd only plays into the hands of anarchists. The Minister's ill considered views in the midst of an operation only weakens the resolve of those who are sacrificing their lives to defend the nation.