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Catch instigators of violence in Kashmir, restore normalcy: Rajnath to forces

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday directed the security forces to go after those instigating youths to indulge in violence in Jammu and Kashmir and try to bring back normalcy in the state within a week.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2016 01:46 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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Nabeel Ahmad Wani, a youth from Udhampur in J&K, who topped the BSF entrance exam, meeting the home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday reviewed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the security forces to go after troublemakers as the death toll in the ongoing unrest climbed to 78.

Singh asked the security establishment to take steps so that schools and markets, shut for more than two months with occasional breaks for shops, opened at the earliest, sources said.

National security adviser Ajit Doval, home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma were among those present in the meeting that comes within days of the government asking the army to step up deployment in south Kashmir.

“On Sunday only one serious incident of stone-pelting was reported from Pulwama. We hope the situation will improve as Eid will be celebrated next week,” said an official who attended the meeting. Eid al-Adha is on Tuesday.

South Kashmir has seen the worst of the violence in the Valley, which erupted after a militant leader was killed in a gunfight with security forces on July 8.

“ … the government is determined to re-establish the writ of state in these areas so that the citizens who are not with radicals or militants should not remain terrorised,” the official said.

A 23-year-old man allegedly injured in firing by security forces on August 5 died in a Srinagar hospital on Sunday. Javaid Ahmad was brought in with a bullet injury to the leg, which was amputated to save his life but he died of renal failure, doctors said.

First Published: Sep 11, 2016 22:38 IST