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IndiaNab instigators in Kashmir, restore normalcy within a week: Home Minister

Nab instigators in Kashmir, restore normalcy within a week: Home Minister

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7 militants, Cop killed in 4 encounters Valley, Poonch

New Delhi: In a clear directive, the 's Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday told the police and security forces to chase and nab the element responsible for instigating youths to indulge in violence in valley and try to bring back normalcy in the state within a week.

The directive was given during an hour-long meeting the Home Minister had with top security officials, including Security Advisor Ajit Doval, besides others.

Sources said the Home Minister conveyed that the security forces must go after the instigators of the violence in Kashmir Valley and book them as they continue to disrupt normal life for 65 days after the killing of three Hizbul Mujahideen militants on September 8.

Singh said that normalcy should be brought back within a week and school and other educational institutions should function as students are worst sufferers during the prolonged turmoil, sources said.

Attempts should also be made to reopen shops and other commercial establishments which were shut completely, the Home Minister told the officials.

The Home Minister reviewed the security situation in and Kashmir, where a policeman and three militants were killed two separate incidents today.

The officials briefed the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley as well as along the border and the steps taken to bring back normalcy in the state, official sources said. So far, 75 people lost their lives in the 65 days of turmoil.

Three militants and a policeman were today killed and six others, including an police officer, were injured in twin encounters between security forces and four terrorists in Poonch town of Jammu and Kashmir.

The encounters between security forces and the militants, who were holed up in a house and another structure near the under-construction Mini Secretariat, erupted at around 7.30 AM and continued through the day.

“Three militants have been knocked down. The civilians, who were held hostage, have been safely evacuated. Operation is still on,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajouri-Poonch range Johny William told PTI.

In another incident, the Army today foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Naugam sector of Kashmir, killing four militants.

“Alert soldiers posted along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector noticed some suspicious movement and challenged the intruders,” an Army official said.

The militants opened fire at the positions of security forces which was “effectively retaliated”, triggering a gunbattle, he said.

“Four militants were killed and a war-like store was recovered from the scene of the gunbattle,” the official said, adding that the operation was still in progress.

One infiltration bid was foiled in Naugam sector, another in Tangdhar sector and the third one in Gurez sector.

Meanwhile, there was no let up in violent clashes youth indulged with police and security forces.

Ten people were injured after police foiled the proposed ‘pro-freedom' rally at Markundal Hajin area of Kashmir's Bandipora district.

Soon after the people from adjoining areas including Khumina, Barabad, Buchwari and Naidkhai started marching towards the venue, police intervened to stop the mob. Police later resorted to tear gas shelling and pellets to disperse the mob causing injuries to ten of people who were treated locally,” told a local reporter. Clashes were ongoing for late hours in the area.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between youth and forces in Sopore area of Baramulla district during which forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the youth.

Similar clashes were reported from Wadwan, Rathsun in Budgam and Chhotta Bazar. Reports said attempts were foiled for taking out rallies at Qaimoh, Khudwani, Redwani, Rampura, Gofbal, Frisal, Kujar and Yaripora.

A youth namely Javaid Ahmad Dar who got injured on August 05 during the clashes in the locality has succumbed at SK Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar.

Police version

According to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan, there was no curfew today anywhere in the Kashmir valley.

“However, restrictions were imposed in few places in Srinagar as also in some towns in the Valley,” he said.

He however said that the overall situation in Kashmir remained under control throughout the Valley.

Meanwhile, as per statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, stray stone pelting incidents were reported from Sopore, Pulwama and Budgam.

“There was increased movement of traffic in the city Srinagar as well as in the towns. Shops were opened at various places and people were seen making purchases,” the statement said.

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