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People of Kashmir want peace, says Indian PM as unrest enters day 79?

At least 80 people have been killed and about 7,000 people have been injured during the ongoing unrest in the Valley triggered by Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani's death. (Representative Image) Photograph: (Getty)

Srinagar Sep 25, 2016, 07.16 AM (IST)
As Kashmir unrest enters day 79, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that people in the Valley want peace and normalcy to return. 

During his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' radio address, he gave a message to the people of Kashmir saying:  "Peace, unity and harmony are the ways to resolve problems and move towards development." 

"Farmers in Valley are worried for their crops and locals are recognising anti-state players here," Modi was quoted as saying by Indian news agency IANS. 

He also referred to the September 18 attack in Uri sector of Kashmir and praised Indian Army saying: "While politicians speak, military shows bravery; we are proud of our army."

"Recently our 18 bravehearts laid down their lives in Uri. Such a cowardice attack was enough to stir the nation. I am sure that our soldiers would keep foiling such acts in the future." 

While India has blamed Pakistan for the militant attack in Uri and called for the isolation of the country on the international front, the neighbouring country has refuted the allegations. 

Lockdown in Valley 

Normal life remained paralysed in Kashmir today, more than two months after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter on July 8 triggering worst unrest in the Valley in about six years. 

Curfew was imposed in Kishtwar town of the northernmost Indian state this morning following clashes between a mob and police, Indian news agency PTI reported. 

Detention of three people under the Public Safety Act (PSA) triggered agitation and stone pelting in the area,  according to the news agency. 

"Curfew was imposed in Kishtwar town and other nearby areas around 0400 hours (local time) today as a precautionary measure", senior superintendent of police, Kishtwar, Sandeep Wazir told PTI.

The three persons were detained last night in Kishtwar over attempts of trying to "disrupt peace", he said. 

Violent protests in the Valley have claimed at least 80 lives leaving about 7,000 people injured in the past three months.

Parts in the Valley have been shut down for a third consecutive month now in response to a protest call given by separatist leaders, who demand freedom for the Valley, Reuters reports. Markets, schools and colleges remain shut in most parts. 

According to the international news agency, the separatists have extended their protest programme to September 29. 

In the wake of Uri attack, the security forces have stepped up vigil, according to Reuters.

(WION with inputs from agencies) 
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