Mehbooba in Delhi… Takes up situation with HM, NSA

RSTV Bureau
Srinagar: Protesters throw stones on police amid tear smoke during a clash in Srinagar, July 10, 2016. Photo - PTI

Srinagar: Protesters throw stones on police amid tear smoke during a clash in Srinagar, July 10, 2016.
Photo – PTI

As the Centre braces itself for a highly likely discussion on the situation in Kashmir valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti landed in Delhi to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The tense situation in the valley has got New Delhi worried with host of Opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha demanding the discussion on the subject.

While Mehbooba Mufti met with Rajnath Singh at his North Block office early on Monday afternoon, she is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to some reports.

“I am confident that Centre will help us in improving the situation in the valley. Modiji has got a big mandate and it should be used to heal the wounds,” she told the press soon after her meeting with Union Home Ministers and NSA Ajit Doval.

Kashmir valley is reeling under a tense situation with curfew imposed since 31 days across several parts and especially in the southern region due to unrest post the encounter killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, who had also emerged as the poster-boy of new wave of militancy.

File Photo of most wanted Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani (R), who was killed during an encounter at Kokarnag area of Anantnag District of South Kashmir on Friday.

File Photo of most wanted Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani (R), who was killed during an encounter at Kokarnag area of Anantnag District of South Kashmir on Friday.

55 persons, including two policemen, have been killed in the clashes between the security forces and the locals. Thousand others have been left injured in the violence.

Earlier, reacting to the development, opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said Mehbooba has finally given up the “business as usual act”.

“So @MehboobaMufti has finally given up on her ‘business as usual’ act and rushed to Delhi instead… The amazing thing is that it’s taken 31 days and more than 50 deaths to finally ‘disturb’ the Chief Minister,” Omar Abdullah shared his statement on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

The former Chief Minister, along with the Congress party, have been critical of the way Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP coalition government have handled the situation.

Meanwhile, three more persons were killed and over 150 injured in fresh clashes that erupted last weekend. The clashes took place even as curfew was extended to more areas of Kashmir in view of a planned march by separatists to Hazratbal shrine.

Curfew remains in force in six police station areas of Srinagar — Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharajgunj and Batamaloo – in view of the law and order. Mobile internet services continued to remain snapped in the entire Valley where the outgoing facility on prepaid connections is also barred.