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Chidambaram appeals for peace in Kashmir

Home Minister P Chidambaram today appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to "end the cycle of violence" that has been continuing for the past more than 50 days.

delhi Updated: Aug 05, 2010 02:13 IST

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to "end the cycle of violence" that has been continuing for the past more than 50 days.

"I appeal to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to end the cycle of violence," Chidambaram said in the Lok Sabha.

He said the central government was behind the Omar Abdullah-led state government in its efforts aimed at restoration of peace, holding dialogue and redressal of grievances in all parts of Kashmir.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday said there was reliable intelligence that militants may have mingled with crowds and fired at security forces in Jammu and Kashmir where a "cycle of violence" has raged for more than 50 days.

"There have been instances where the security forces have been fired upon by someone in the protesting crowds. There is reliable intelligence that some armed militants may have mingled with the crowds and fired at the security forces," he said in a statement in the Lok Sabha on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Chidambaram made a specific appeal to parents in Kashmir, urging them to ensure that their children do not become part of violent activities.

He said that there were 872 stone pelting incidents in June and July 2010 and 1,456 security personnel were injured, adding that the security forces showed "great fortitude" in dealing with the violent protests.

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