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Congress asks Rajnath Singh to stop use of pellet guns in Kashmir

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to announce during his ongoing Srinagar visit that pellet guns will no longer be used on protestors in Kashmir.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: July 23, 2016 18:14 IST ]
Ghulam Nabi Azad
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Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to announce during his ongoing Srinagar visit that pellet guns will no longer be used on protestors in Kashmir.

Expressing serious concern over the situation in Kashmir, the Congress leader hoped  that Rajnath Singh during his visit to the Valley would announce confidence-building measures.  

Azad also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he and his government are not "concerned" about people of Kashmir as he was not present either in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha when the issue was discussed.

"Now after 16 days, the Home Minister has gone to Kashmir. I have full faith that he will announce it to people of Kashmir that there will be no more use of pellet guns from now on in Kashmir.

"I also hope that the Home Minister will start taking confidence building measures, so that the people of Kashmir once again show the same faith in the central and state governments," he said.

Azad said the situation in Kashmir, which has been rocked by violence after the killing of Hizbul Mujahidin terrorist Burhan Wani, was a matter of "serious concern".

Training his guns on the Prime Minister, Azad said, "There were discussions on Kashmir issue in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha but Prime Minister did not attend any of those which shows how much concerned the government and the PM are about the people of Kashmir."

Curfew was today lifted from four districts of Kashmir and parts of Srinagar city in view of the improving situation in these areas but remained in force in the rest of the Valley as a precautionary measure.

As many as 45 persons have been killed and over 3,400 injured in clashes between protesters and security forces since July 9.

(With PTI inputs)

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