Valley protests: Centre decides to draw hard line for J&K govt

Home Ministry to states, UTs: ensure security of students from Kashmir

Written by Maneesh Chhibber , Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Updated: April 22, 2017 5:02 am
mehbooba mufti, jammu kashmir, kashmir valley, kashmir violence, PDP-BJP alliance, anti-india, kashmir stone pelting, indian army, j&k govt, india news, latest news A CRPF man takes a photograph of protesters in Srinagar Friday. Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi

Over the weekend, when J&K Chief Minister arrives in the Union Capital to meet senior functionaries of the Central Government, including, possibly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she will be told that there can’t be any “softening” of the ongoing campaign by security forces against what New Delhi sees as “anti-India” forces in the Valley.

Sources in the Centre told The Indian Express that Mehbooba will also be told that there is no way Army and paramilitary forces will be asked to “tolerate” stone-throwers.

At the same time, sources in the BJP said the PDP-BJP alliance was intact and “whatever little pinpricks are there, will be sorted out mutually”.

A strong section in the PDP is up in arms against the BJP for, what it terms, the backstabbing by the BJP in ensuring the defeat of the PDP candidate in the recently held Legislative Council elections. While each was expected to win two seats in the Council, cross-voting by an independent MLA who is part of the alliance, ensured the dramatic loss of the PDP candidate and the victory of the third BJP nominee.

However, the BJP has told PDP leaders that the defeat was a result of the ally’s own faulty floor management.

This tension within comes at a time when a section in the PDP has tried to persuade Mufti that the PDP is fast losing ground in the Valley by continuing in the alliance. Sources in the PDP, however, said that while Mehbooba is under pressure, there’s no immediate threat of her breaking the alliance.

Last Saturday, during a meeting with Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, held in the wake of videos of alleged excesses by security personnel emerging in Kashmir, Mehbooba had said “such conduct of the troops” was “washing away all the progress that the Army has achieved in the Valley over the years”. She had also “sought action” against those responsible but had got on commitment on that.

While the Centre’s stand is that the security situation will be dealt with firmly and there would be no let-up in dealing with “anti-India mobs,” the Centre could open channels of communication with those in the Valley “who show an inclination to end the impasse.”

“The Central government is open to the idea of engaging — either openly or through back-channels — with any individual or group in Kashmir if it helps in the Valley returning to normal. But talks can’t be held when some people in Kashmir are challenging the might of the Indian state by throwing stones at our security personnel and Armymen. This can’t be tolerated,” said a member of the security establishment who is among those monitoring the Kashmir situation.

BJP president Amit Shah, scheduled to visit Jammu next week, will also convey to party leaders and cadres the BJP government’s “commitment not to tolerate any anti-India movement”.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to review the status of all ongoing and pending projects in the state.

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a J&K package of Rs 80,000 crore of which only Rs 17,000 crore has been released. Among the schemes, 16 projects are linked to Nitin Gadkari-headed Road and Trasport ministry while Home Ministry and Finance Ministry has seven projects each, said officials.

Singh, along with officials of other ministries, including Finance and Road Transport, will hold a comprehensive review on Monday.

Today, Singh also appealed to states to ensure the safety of Kashmiris. “I appeal to all Chief Ministers to ensure that no Kashmiri youth is mistreated in any part of the nation. Even they are part of India. No one can rubbish this truth that many people from Kashmir are contributing to India’s safety and prosperity,” Singh said.

The Home Ministry issued an advisory to all states and UTs directing them to ensure safety and security of Kashmiri students and launched a helpline to register any complaints of harassment. His statement came in the wake of reports alleging that Kashmiri students in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were receiving threats. Condemning these incidents, the home minister also said that proper inquiry should be initiated in each case and strongest possible action should be taken against the guilty.

There was tension in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, on Wednesday when a group of locals clashed with a few Kashmiri students of Mewar University after they were allegedly called “stone pelters” and taunted over a video showing a CRPF jawan being heckled.

Also, hoardings asking Kashmiri students to leave Uttar Pradesh have appeared in Meerut.

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  1. M
    mumbai
    Apr 23, 2017 at 11:23 am
    Center decides to draw hardline on Kashmir. PM secretly going to stan for talks.
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    1. M
      mumbai
      Apr 23, 2017 at 11:13 am
      hinduism is well defined now. Kashmir cow and rammandir.
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      1. M
        mumbai
        Apr 23, 2017 at 11:09 am
        Shameless people keeping so much strength with them and still keep crying. cying wont bring success. Actions needed. Hindu yuva vahini has decided to go to kashmire. help them
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          mumbai
          Apr 23, 2017 at 11:06 am
          Hha ha haaaa. Ram mandir and Kashmir. Even if it is easy to solve with force government will keep dragging. Hindus become excited when they hear challanges from saviors of hinduism. This is the speciality of hinduism.
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            mumbai
            Apr 23, 2017 at 10:44 am
            good job concentrate on kashmir. That is the only matter remaining. anyway you will fail. atleast you can make more stories to tell to indian people. next time time tell it is 58"
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              mumbai
              Apr 23, 2017 at 10:39 am
              Modi is deparate now.
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                Romik
                Apr 23, 2017 at 3:19 am
                Look at Sonic Cannon; Light Sabre; other crowd controll measures. Rubber bulletts to some parts can sting. Large nets; Al.l should be used liberally. However need to arrest the instigaotrs first. It is a tiring job but our forces need to continue working on this slowly take out the instigaotrs one at a time...Above all Pakancer needs more surgery and chemotherapy.
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                  R Ramesh
                  Apr 23, 2017 at 12:16 am
                  The best course is our Military should seek the professional advice from Israel who have expertise in dealing with the type of mobs we see in Kashmir. The government should install rooftop snipers to do away with stone throwing mobs and punish them without any mercy and not bowing down to political pressures and from so called intellectuals and leftists who are good in nothing.
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                    AKG
                    Apr 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm
                    While on the other hand the Govt has kept the hands of the forces tied. In such matters Actions should be louder than words and not otherwise.
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                      narayan kutty
                      Apr 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm
                      President rule should be imposed. shoot sight that will improve situation
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                        Raj
                        Apr 23, 2017 at 11:09 am
                        Dude... really?
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                        VT
                        Apr 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm
                        Time to correct the historical b er. S article 370 and "regularize" JK state as any other state of India. This will enable free commerce and provide jobs to the misguided youth. Pak has unilaterally declared gilgit as its part. China is naming our territories. Time is ripe to be ertive. The world understands only the language of strength. The self confining soft g standing is being viewed as a foolish stand by the world though outwardly they pay lip service to us. Enough.
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                          ashok
                          Apr 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm
                          Why wait for complaints - the intelligence agencies should hunt down the true anti nationals who are targeting Kashmiri students.
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                            Chandu Shah
                            Apr 22, 2017 at 1:22 pm
                            Open Kashmir to Indians. Protect Kashmir from militants with an iron rod
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                              Jyoti Sarup
                              Apr 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm
                              I agree that BJP should withdraw the support to PDP & have a presidents rule in Kashmir .. JS
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                                balaMohan
                                Apr 22, 2017 at 12:59 pm
                                An India that believes in middle path and peace should be ready to find a realistic solution to the crisis in Kashmir. The Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir valley should be divided into 3 separate states (just as the Azad Kashmir govt did in POK) to bolster the civil machinery in these regions. At least Jammu state and Ladakh state will be infest free from these jihadi elements. A liberal government at the center, if elected in times of duress and disillusionment, is likely to withdraw from Kashmir leaving its huge Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh po tion at the mercy of a murderous fanatic tribes as at the pre-par ion times.The liberals in quest of high ideals have tendency to withdraw from the cons utional duties fearing war rimes. They think self determination is a right of a people to cons ute itself as a state with out understanding the possible deaths of millions of minorities and refugees. So prepare to defend Jammu, Ladakh by making them full fledged states to save Kashmir.
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                                  Natwar Lal
                                  Apr 22, 2017 at 12:24 pm
                                  PDP lacks dignity.
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                                    Damodar Biswal
                                    Apr 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm
                                    Considering the soft at ude of Mehebuba towards the separatists n stone pelters,it would be better for the country n the people of J&K to if the BJP withdraws support from the Govt. n recommends president's rule in the valley.
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                                      AK
                                      Apr 22, 2017 at 12:07 pm
                                      With PDP alliance centre has limited options. Situation got worse.
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                                        George Cruz
                                        Apr 22, 2017 at 11:22 am
                                        The NC and the PDP are the two sides of the same coin who are and have supporting the Kashmir separatist Islamic Jihadists, both parties ultimate aim is to establish another Islamic Caliphate but they call it 'Kashmiriyat', 'wishes of Kashmiri people', blah..blah..which the Indian citizens would never accept because the J&K is and has been an integral part of India. Moreover, the Kashmir valley situation is the reminiscence of the pre independence days when Muslims wanted a separate Islamic Caliphate for themselves out of hate for Hindus and Pak was carved out of greater India in 1947. The only solution is for the misguided Muslims in Kashmir Valley is to show solidarity with the rest of India and stop anti-national activities or to emigrate to Pak else the reality would be the governor's rule aka military rule as before.
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                                          AK
                                          Apr 22, 2017 at 12:08 pm
                                          Can't. Compare the two.
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                                            Shiva
                                            Apr 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm
                                            Best comments
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                                            irfan
                                            Apr 22, 2017 at 10:42 am
                                            Let them Independent
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                                              Shiva
                                              Apr 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm
                                              Yes those who want want Sharia rules.. They should be respectfully sent to stan.. And give Kashmir to Kashmiri pandits.. Lets behave respectfully
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                                                DHOBI KA
                                                Apr 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm
                                                give them azadi from life
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                                                ASHOK
                                                Apr 22, 2017 at 10:06 am
                                                In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a J&K package of Rs 80,000 crore of which only Rs 17,000 crore has been released. Among the schemes, 16 projects are linked to Nitin Gadkari-headed Road and Trasport ministry while Home Ministry and Finance Ministry has seven projects each, said officials.
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                                                  DHOBI KA
                                                  Apr 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                                                  stop all aid to kashmir. seize all property of kashmiriy muslims for all damage done in the past and levy taxes to recover damages they are doing. give them china and myanmar treatment. In china they are not allowed even to grow beard without govt. permission
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