New Delhi accepts situation in Kashmir not ‘completely under control’

BK Monitoring Desk /Srinagar
April 21, 2017 TOP STORIES 209 Views

The government of India on Thursday admitted that the situation in Kashmir is “not completely under control” and assured that the Centre is making all efforts to improve the same.
Reported quoted Union Minister Hansraj Ahir as saying: “We do accept that the situation in Kashmir is not completely under control. We will continue to do our job.”
The minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh were taking the issue very seriously.
“We are serious. The Home Minister will soon hold a meeting on the matter. The Prime Minister has discussed the issue. The situation in Kashmir will not always remain like as it’s today. It will improve. This is our job and the people have elected us for this. We will overcome (the difficulties). This is our sole aim,” Ahir said.
Ahir’s remarks came a day after Prime Minister Modi discussed the situation in the state with Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.
On Thursday various reports said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is understood to have expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Kashmir and passed directions to defuse the crisis in Kashmir.
Student protests amid clashes erupted across Kashmir on Monday as college students clashed with security forces over thrashing of Pulwama Degree College students in south Kashmir last week.
After the day-long clashes in which over 70 students were injured, the administration ordered closure of universities, colleges and Higher Secondary schools across Kashmir.
Reports said the Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance and Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and discussed the turbulent situation in Kashmir.
Kashmir has been tense since April 9, when by-polls were held for Srinagar parliamentary constituency. On the polling day, eight youth were shot dead by the government forces in central Kashmir’s Budgam and Ganderbal districts. Following these eight killings yet another youth was killed by the paramilitary BSF men at Batmaloo in uptown here last Saturday. The incident evoked widespread protests across Kashmir.

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