Curfew reimposed in valley ahead of all-party visit

RSTV Bureau
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh  has reached Kashmir on a two day visit to hold talks with various stakeholders to restore peace in the valley.  Photo-PTI

FILE: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Photo-PTI

Ahead of an all-party delegation visit, curfew has been reimposed in Kashmir valley following clashes between the security forces and the stone-pelting protesters. After being relaxed for few days earlier this week, the authorities decided to impose back the curfew apprehending the fragile law and order situation.

An all-party delegation, led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, is due to visit the Kashmir valley starting September 4. Several political leaders will be taking the first hand stock of the situation in their two-day visit.

More than 70 persons, including two security personnel, have been killed as Kashmir valley is seeing spike in clashes between the security forces and the local protesters following the encounter killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8. On for nearly two month now, this is one of the longest spells of curfew in the valley in the recent time.

As situation in the valley turned fragile by the day, Opposition parties demanded an urgent visit by an all-party delegation to reach out to the people first hand. Besides meeting the Chief Minister and the Governor, the delegation will hold meetings with representatives of all political parties and other delegations in Srinagar.

“About 30-member all-party delegation includes leaders of over 20 political parties. A preparatory meeting for this delegation has been convened on Saturday,” an official statement by the government read.

Srinagar: Security jawans stand guard during curfew in Srinagar. Photo - PTI

Srinagar: Security jawans stand guard during curfew in Srinagar.
Photo – PTI

Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Jitendra Singh will be part of an all-party delegation led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh which will also comprise Leader of Opposition Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and his Lok Sabha colleague Mallikarjun Kharge.

The delegation will also comprise senior MP and JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, NCP’s Tariq Anwar and Trinamool Congress’ Saugata Roy, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP) and Congress leader Ambika Soni.

Other members of the delegation include Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut and Anandrao Adsul, TDP’s Thota Narasimham, Shiromani Akali Dal’s Prem Singh Chandumajra, BJD’s Dilip Tirkey, AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi, AIUDF’s Badaruddin Ajmal, Muslim League’s E Ahamed and TRS Jitendra Reddy.

N K Premchandran (RSP), P Venugopal (AIADMK), Tiruchi Siva (DMK), Y B Subba (YSR-Cong), Jaiprakash Yadav (RJD), Dharamveer Gandhi (AAP) and Dushyant Chautala (RLD) are also in the team.

BSP and Samajwadi Party have extended their support but have not been able to nominate any of their members.

(With inputs from the Agencies)