Rajnath discusses Kashmir situation with opposition leaders

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 21:07 IST
Volunteers carry an injured man from an ambulance outside a hospital who was shot during clashes between security forces and protesters in Srinagar. (AFP)

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reached out to various political leaders, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and discussed the situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir after Hizb militant Burhan Wani’s killing.

“The home minister spoke to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and many others on the issue. It was like reaching out to all concerned to ensure peace in the valley,” a home ministry source told IANS.

The minister urged all political parties to “speak in one voice” over Kashmir as the militancy-hit state had witnessed heightened tension and violence following Wani’s killing on Friday last.

“The minister apprised them of the situation there and discussed ways and means to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir,” the source said, adding that Rajnath Singh was hopeful of normalcy returning to the state soon.

The official said that the Amarnath Yatra was “never suspended officially” after violence erupted in the valley on Saturday and was continuing in a “controlled way”. The yatra started on July 2.

At least 23 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces and curfew has been imposed in the valley since Saturday.

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