Kashmir unrest: 24 killed; PM Modi to review situation

New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set at to chair a high-level meeting today to review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir which is witnessing violent clashes between security forces and protesters in the aftermath of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen’s poster boy Burhan Wani. NSA Ajit Doval, who was accompanying Modi, has already returned to New Delhi, after cutting short his visit.

Ahead of the meeting, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a discussion with senior Union Ministers and officials during which it was suggested that security forces make “judicious” use of force and ensure smooth movement of Amarnath pilgrims.

As many as 30 people have lost their lives during the clashes. Chiefs of central security agencies briefed the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and NSA Ajit Doval about the steps taken to bring back peace and normalcy in the Valley.

All forces were asked to ensure security of Amarnath pilgrims and enhance vigil along the border to check fresh attempts of infiltration from across the border.

Sources said security forces were asked to ensure judicious use of force against protesting civilians.

Besides, stone pelters, who are mostly teenagers, have to be dissuaded by parents from indulging in stone pelting.

Earlier, the Home Minister reached out to opposition leaders including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Parliamentary leaders of all parties, and discussed the prevailing situation there.

During the telephonic conversation with Gandhi and National Conference leader Omar, the Home Minister discussed with them efforts to bring back peace and normalcy in Kashmir Valley.