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J-K governor Vohra dismisses reports of planned meeting with PM Modi

Nearly 100 people have died in Kashmir since last July after the death of militant leader Burhan Wani, with Opposition parties demanding governor’s rule in the state.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2017 16:04 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
Narendra Modi,Mehbooba Mufti,NN Vohra
A masked protester holds stones during a protest in Srinagar.(REUTERS)

Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra has dismissed reports that he was summoned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Delhi amid a growing clamour for governor’s rule in the state.

The Supreme Court on Friday had asked the Centre to facilitate talks between separatists and Kashmiri lawyers to defuse tension in the Valley, where nearly 100 people have dead since last July after the death of militant leader Burhan Wani. The Centre has refused to talk to the separatists.

Violence in the state has escalated as civilian clashes with security forces have taken the shape of street protests by school and college students, including girls.

On Wednesday, the Mehbooba Mufti government banned high-speed internet for a month in the Valley, hoping to clamp down on the spread of videos and images that officials believe are fanning tensions.

Opposition Congress and National Conference have demanded governor’s rule in the state for the restoration of peace.

(The story has been updated to reflect Governor NN Vohra’s stand. An earlier version quoted sources saying the governor has been called to meet PM Narendra Modi.)

First Published: Apr 29, 2017 11:33 IST