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Kashmir unrest: Rajnath Singh calls for peace; preventing fatalities

The meeting was held even as reports from Srinagar said five civilian protesters were killed in firing by security forces in fresh violence in the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 65 since the unrest began
Rajnath Singh : Union Home MInister

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday held a high-level review meeting on Jammu and Kashmir and instructed security officials to restore peace and normalcy in the state at the earliest. He cautioned that the casualties of both the civilians and security personnel in the violence-hit state should be minimum. The high level meeting comes in the wake of the continuing curfew in Jammu and Kashmir and peace showing no signs of returning as of now.

The minister was, in turn, briefed by top officials on the prevailing situation in Kashmir and the infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector in Kashmir.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and chiefs of intelligence agencies and other top civil and security officials attended the meeting, sources said here.

The meeting was held even as reports from Srinagar said five civilian protesters were killed in firing by security forces in fresh violence in the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, taking the death toll to 65 since the July 8 killing of a Hizbul rebel commander Burhan Wani.

Pramod Kumar, commandant of the 49 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), was killed on Monday after four militants hurled a grenade and opened fire at a security patrol in an old city area of Srinagar.

There have been reports of violence and stone-pelting in Budgam and Anantnag districts as well, sources said.

At the meeting, Rajnath Singh also reviewed the overall security scenario in Assam, which also saw militant attacks. It is the first major challenge to the newly formed BJP government in Assam led by Sarbananda Sonowal.

Suspected militants exploded five bombs in Charaido and Tinsukia districts as the state was celebrating the 70th Independence Day.

On August 5, 14 persons were killed and at least 20 injured by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) militants in Kokrajhar district of Assam. Markingthe return of terror in the state after a breif lull.

IANS

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