#Burhan Backlash: GoI Holds High Level Meet

   

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Following the highly tense situation in the valley post the death of militant commander Burhan Wani, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Home Secretary Anil Goswami, Joint Secretary (Kashmir division) Gyanesh Kumar, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief Dineshwar Sharma and senior Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) officials are present at the meeting being held at Rajnath’s residence, reports said.

The meeting comes in the wake of the soaring violence in the valley as the death toll in the clashes between forces and protestors has reached 16, after three more civilians succumbed to injuries.

Earlier, eight civilians were killed in the clashes in south Kashmir, a day after Burhan Wani and his two associates were killed in an encounter in Islamabad. One among the deceased drowned. More than hundred protesters have also been injured in the clashes across Kashmir.

A local hospital (SMHS) in Srinagar received around 88 injured civilians, most of them with bullet injuries.

State Intelligence chief S M Sahai said that three police personnel were missing while 96 security forces personnel were seriously injured.

Sahai said the focus was to “prevent the loss of young lives”. He said the situation was particularly bad in south Kashmir and appealed for maintaining peace.

The Union Government has reportedly rushed 12 companies of CRPF to Kashmir to assist the local administration in maintaining law and order situation in the area.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the Union Government is working with the State government “to bring normalcy in the valley”. In a tweet, Singh appealed to the “people to remain calm and maintain peace”.

The phone network in South Kashmir has been snapped while mobile internet and train services are suspended in the valley and the Amarnath Yatra remains temporarily suspended for day two and around ten thousand pilgrims are reportedly stranded at Jammu.

CBSE has postponed the UGC-NET exam scheduled for today in Srinagar. The new date of examination will be announced later.

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