Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today. During the crucial meetings, Vohra will discuss the law-and-order situation and future course of action with PM Modi and the Home Minister. This comes after two Indian soldiers were beheaded by Pakistani forces in the Poonch sector and also the killing of five cops and two bank officials by terrorists in the Kulgam district of the state, according to PTI report.
Ahead of his meeting with Singh, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi had met Vohra and discussed with him the prevailing situation in the state. During the 20-minute meeting, Mehrishi and Vohra reviewed the ground situation in the Valley and the steps taken to control the situation, according to The Indian Express.
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Jammu and Kashmir had witnessed violence during the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in which eight people lost their lives in more than 200 incidents.There have been protests by students in the Valley last fortnight against alleged police excesses. Students, including girls, were seen pelting stones on security personnel in these incidents, the report says. The Election Commission has cancelled the Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll citing that situation not feasible to hold elections now, according to PTI report.
Massive protests erupted in Kashmir after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter in July last year which continued for nearly four months. More than 90 people lost their lives, while scores of security personnel and civilians were injured.
Last month, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had met PM Modi here and pressed for dialogue. Mehbooba, who was under mounting attack in the face of a fresh spurt in violence in Kashmir, briefed Modi on the prevailing situation in the state and the way forward, according to PTI report. She told the prime minister that the Centre should seriously think about the welfare of the state. “There is no option but to talk,” Mehbooba said, as per PTI report.
The PDP and the BJP, which are running the coalition government in the troubled state, are not on the same page on the issue of dealing with the growing trend of stone-pelting and this has led to friction between them, the report says.