Another spurt in violence in Kashmir; Rajnath meets NSA

Srinagar: Security personnel patrolling on a deserted street during curfew in Srinagar, August 16, 2016. Photo - PTI

Srinagar: Security personnel patrolling on a deserted street during curfew in Srinagar, August 16, 2016.
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Kashmir valley is under the grip of renewed tension with fresh clashes erupting between the security forces and the local protesters in Magam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. According to the latest official reports, at least four persons have been killed and more than dozen are left wounded in the clashes that took place early on Tuesday.

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with top officials, including the National Security Advisor, to take the stock of fragile situation.

More than 60 people have been killed in the valley in the violence following the encounter killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8. The situation in the valley, which is under curfew since then, has caused concerns in New Delhi too with Parliament holding a detailed discussion on the issue.

Early on Tuesday morning, a group of youth pelted stones at a CRPF vehicle at Aripathan in Magam area. As security forces retaliated to fuse the tension, four persons were killed while more than dozen sustained injuries, according to the police.

Taking stock of the situation, Rajnath Singh met with the top security officials including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and chiefs of intelligence agencies. The officials briefed the Home Minister on the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and also about the infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC).

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The Union Home minister instructed officials to try their best to restore peace in the border state as early as possible and avoid casualties of both civilians and security personnel, the sources said.

Meanwhile, little has changed in the situation with curfew remaining in force in entire Srinagar district and Anantnag town for the last 39 days. According to the officials, curfew and restrictions were imposed in the wake of separatists planning to organise sit-in protest against the civilian killings in the Valley.

“Curfew remained in force in entire Srinagar district and Anantnag town in south Kashmir as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” the police official said.

Schools, colleges and private offices remained closed while public transport remained off the roads due to the strike called by the separatists. The attendance in government offices was also thin.

Internet and mobile services across the Kashmir valley remained suspended. While broadband services were snapped on Saturday evening, the mobile telephony was suspended late in the night on the same day.

(With inputs from the PTI)