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Kashmir unrest: Indian interior minister Rajnath Singh directs forces to crack down on 'instigators'

76 people have lost their lives so far as the unrest continues for the 66th day in the Valley.? Photograph: (Getty)

WION New Delhi, India Sep 12, 2016, 03.43 AM (IST)
At an hour-long meeting of top security officials in the Indian capital on Sunday, Interior minister Rajnath Singh directed the security forces to go after those instigating youths to indulge in violence in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Sources said Rajnath Singh asked forces to take strict action against the violators and book them as they continue to disrupt normal life in the Valley. 

Singh said the troops must aim to bring back normalcy in the state within a week. He added that schools and other educational institutions are the worst sufferers amid the prolonged turmoil and must be allowed to function soon. 

He told officials that attempts should also be made to reopen shops and other commercial establishments which were completely shut. 

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was present at the security meeting in the capital, besides other senior officials. 

The officials had briefed the interior minister of the prevailing situation in the state as well as the border areas. 

76 people have lost their lives so far as the unrest continues for the 66th day in the Valley. 

The violence had started following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by Indian security forces on July 8.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

 
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