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Situation in Kashmir 'grave': Chidambaram

IANS  New Delhi, August 02, 2010
First Published: 13:38 IST(2/8/2010) | Last Updated: 13:42 IST(2/8/2010)

Stating that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had "taken a serious turn", Home Minister P. Chidambaram said in the Lok Sabha on Monday that he would make a statement after discussions with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who has rushed to the capital for consultations.


"Jammu and Kashmir is a very sensitive state. Over the last few days the situation has taken a serious turn. After July 9 there was lull in the situation but it has again become grave," Chidambaram told the Lok Sabha, after opposition members expressed their concern over the worsening situation in the Kashmir Valley.

"The chief minister is in Delhi. I have had many discussions with him over the last few week s. There will be more discussions. If it is possible I will come back to the house today (to make a statement after meeting Omar Abdullah) and or I shall do it as early as possible," the home minister said.

There have been 15 deaths, mostly in firing by security forces, in the Kashmir Valley in the last four days of violence as angry mobs have been gathering at several places in Srinagar defying curfew orders

Sunday was the bloodiest day in the valley in recent months. Frenzied mobs torched government offices, police camps and vehicles in south Kashmir areas after blocking the strategic Jammu-Srinagar by felling trees and erecting barricades of stones.

The valley has been on the boil due to violent protests against civilians being killed in firing by security forces since June 11.

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