50 days of Kashmir unrest: Mehbooba Mufti in Delhi to meet PM Narendra Modi

Separatists guerillas on Saturday killed a local policeman in Pulwama district in South Kashmir.
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A senior police officer told IANS in summer capital Srinagar, “Selection grade constable Khurshid Ahmad Ganai was leaving his home in Koil village for duties when a militant appeared and shot him from a close range. The constable died on the spot.”

Two days back, militant hiding in a mob had launched two grenades at the mob controlling security forces injuring 15 security men, including three officers in the same district.

Meanwhile, Kashmir continued to witness casualties on Friday as well with one more youth getting killed and several others getting injured in a clash between protesters and security forces. Curfew was in force in many parts of the Valley to thwart a planned march by separatists.

With this death, the toll in the ongoing 49-day unrest has reached 67.

Following the prolonged bout of violence and unrest in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Saturday to discuss the situation in Kashmir. The Valley has been under curfew for past 48 days following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

The meeting comes close on the heels of a clear message from the Centre to the chief minister to control the growing unrest in the state. According to official sources, Mehbooba has been conveyed in no uncertain terms that there was a need for putting an end to the cycle of violence which has claimed 67 lives so far in the protest.

This is the first meeting between the Prime Minister and Mehbooba after the unrest broke in the Valley on 8 July. Mehbooba has been under fire for failing to control the violence as the Centre has made it clear that law and order was a state subject.


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