CCS Favours Two-pronged Approach To Tackle Kashmir Situation

CCS Favours Two-pronged Approach To Tackle Kashmir Situation

1 August 2010
NDTV


New Delhi: As Kashmir valley witnessed a fresh spurt in violence over the weekend, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) held an urgent meeting at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence late on Sunday night to take stock of the situation. Sources told NDTV that in the meeting, the CCS favoured a two-pronged approach to tackle the Kashmir situation: * Omar Abdullah should visibly reach out politically to citizens * A harder crackdown on trouble makers was also advocated One view in the CCS is that there is no alternative to a harder crackdown - unless violence is controlled, situation cannot be brought back to normal. The other view favours a political approach. This is the second time in less than a month that the CCS has met to discuss the situation in Kashmir. At least eight people were killed in the Valley on Sunday in separate incidents of violence. During the meeting, reports of various intelligence agencies and views of the political parties were discussed and the inputs received from the Jammu and Kashmir government and the state Governor N N Vohra were analysed. Besides the Prime Minister, others who attended the meeting were Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony and other senior bureaucrats from the Home and Defence ministries. Curfew remained clamped in violence-hit Kashmir Valley as security forces maintained a close vigil on the situation, which continued to be tense. The CCS had earlier met on July 7 during which they discussed the Kashmir situation and had favoured 'maximum crackdown' on miscreants who had contributed to deterioration of the current situation in the valley. Meanwhile, Army and Intelligence sources have said that the protesters are devising new strategy which includes storming of police stations and outposts. Already there have been attempts to burn down police property in Sopore, Pattan Khrew, Tral and Pampore. Police vehicles are being deliberate targetted eliciting strong response from police. Also, the blockade of National Highway-1A is aimed at triggering a Valley vs Jammu situation. The Army is keeping close watch. (With PTI Inputs)


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