Modi concerned over media’s depiction of Burhan as ‘hero’: ReportExercise ‘maximum restraint’, don’t harass civilian population: PM to security forces

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July 13, 2016 TOP STORIES 328 Views

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “concerned” over the media’s depiction of Huzbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, as a hero, a report on Tuesday in a leading national daily said.
According to the report in The Hindu, security forces deployed in the Kashmir Valley have been asked to exercise “absolute restraint” after a high-level meeting chaired by Modi on Tuesday reviewed the security situation in the Valley.
The meeting which came within hours of Modi’s return from the four-nation Africa tour was also attended by top officials in the union home ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office. Modi is reported to have asked officials to see to it that “civilians were not harassed,” a senior government official told the newspaper.
A civilian unrest has broke out in the Valley following the killing of Hizb-ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani (22) along with his two associates last Friday in an encounter near Kokernag health resort in south Kashmir.
According to the report, the Prime Minister is learnt to have expressed concern at some sections of the media projecting Wani as a “poster boy” and “hero,” which was influencing many Kashmiri youths to come out on the streets in violent protests, the official said.
“Mr. Modi was also briefed on the recent statements issued by Pakistan on the unrest in the Valley. In a detailed presentation, Mr. Modi was informed by Home Ministry officials that Wani had 12 terror related cases registered against him, and he was working towards ‘disintegration of the country’,” the report said.
Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh, who attended the meeting, said: “The Prime Minister kept taking updates about the Jammu and Kashmir situation during his visit abroad. The biggest evidence of his concern is that he called this review meeting within hours of returning from the tour and took details. He has appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain peace so that the situation can normalise. He also expressed the hope that no innocent person faced any kind of inconvenience or loss.”
The Prime Minister also expressed satisfaction over the progress of the Amarnath Yatra, and offered all help needed by the State government, Mr. Singh said.

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