Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah rushed to Delhi on Monday even as home minister P. Chidambaram told the Lok Sabha that the situation in the “sensitive state has taken a serious turn.”
Nine people were killed in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday and another eight on Monday.
PM Manmohan Singh, along with the members of the Cabinet Committee on Security comprising Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A.K. Antony, External Affairs S.M. Krishna and Chidambaram met Abdullah.
Abdullah agreed with the Centre that for any such beginning, normalcy had to be restored in the valley.
“Jammu and Kashmir is a political situation. It needs political handling. It requires a political package more than an economic package,” Abdullah said at a press conference in the evening.
The Central Reserve Police Force director general, Vikram Srivastava and the Intelligence Bureau Chief, Rajiv Mathur, are already in Kashmir to assess the situation on the ground.
On the political front, the Congress high command, appears unwilling at the moment to disturb the National Conference (NC) led coalition government in the state, though it is upset the way Abdullah has handled the situation.
Sources said withdrawal of support was not an option.
Abdullah attempted to show he was in control. To a question on the current cycle of violence, he said no particular group was in a position to orchestrate the violence.
“While there are number of elements fishing in troubled waters….there are widespread protests covering a number of area but for to suggest that any one particular individual or any one particular organisation is in a position to both manage, orchestrate and direct all this will be incorrect,” he said.