One more terrorist was killed in an early morning operation by security forces in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. The district witnessed twin encounters on Sunday where seven militants were killed. One policeman too was killed in the encounter that lasted nearly a day.
The fragile situation has once again raised concerns in Delhi as Union Home minister revied the situation in the state with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other top officials during an hour-long meeting.
The officials gave a briefing on the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley as well as along the border and the steps taken to restore normalcy in the state.
During the meeting, the Union Home minister directed the security forces to go after those instigating youths to indulge in violence Jammu and Kashmir and try to bring back normalcy in the state within a week.
According to the sources, the Home Minister conveyed that the security forces must go after the instigators of the violence in Kashmir Valley and book them as they continue to disrupt normal life.
The valley is seeing spike in clashes between the security forces and local protestors following the encounter killing of Hizbul militant and poster boy of militancy Burhan Wani early in July.
More than 75 people have been killed, including one security personnel, in the clashes between the stone-pelting local protestors and the security forces as valley continues to be under curfew post Wani’s encounter.
Rajnath Singh, in his high-level meeting, stressed that normalcy should be brought back within a week and school and other educational institutions should function as students are worst sufferers during the prolonged turmoil. Attempts should also be made to reopen shops and other commercial establishments which were shut completely, the Home Minister told the officials.
With the situation in valley raising concerns in Delhi, a 26-MP all-party delegation visited the state to take the first-hand stock of the situation. The delegation was of the firm view that both the state and central government make all efforts so that peace and normal return to the valley.
They also urged the governments to talk to all the stakeholders. The separatist leaders, meanwhile, had shunned the doors to those MPs who has reached out to them for talks.