Using pellets in Kashmir is sensible: VK Singh

Using pellets in Kashmir is sensible: VK Singh

Using pellets in Kashmir is sensible: VK Singh

Amidst continuing unrest in Kashmir Valley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday reviewed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where a policeman and four militants were killed in two separate incidents.

The Home Minister also introduced Wani to top officials, including NSA Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and others, who had come for a meeting with Singh during that time.

Expecting a surge in violence in the coming weeks in restive Kashmir Valley, the Army is reviewing its deployment pattern and will make changes in the counter-insurgency grid to deny militants take advantage of the ongoing turmoil. Moreover, the lines of communication were broken down including safe movement of traffic including army and para-military convoys and day to day working of the local administration. Normal life remained crippled due to curfew and the shutdown call by separatists groups against the killing of civilians in security forces' action over the past two months.

The curfew, largely removed since the beginning of this week, was re-imposed on Friday as the authorities feared more violence. Around 11,500 others have been injured since July 9.

The authorities also didn't allow congregational midday prayers at Srinagar's Jamia Masjid - the largest mosque in Jammu and Kashmir - for the eighth Friday in a row.

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.

Geelani later issued a almost 2,000-word press statement to the media in which he thanked Pakistan and China for their support to Kashmiris "in their fight for the right to self-determination".

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