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Army in Kashmir, Omar briefs PM

CCS decided to use Army as a deterrent & said security forces will ensure enforcement of curfew.



Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), which discussed the situation in Kashmir on Wednesday, decided to use Army as a "deterrent" and that security forces will ensure strict enforcement of curfew.

Sources said the CCS, which was chaired by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, took stock of the situation in the
light of the Centre`s decision to deploy Army in the wake of
deteriorating law and order situation.

Last night, at the request of the state government,
the Centre decided on deploying Army to assist the civil
authorities in restoring law and order in the wake of
spiralling protests in Srinagar following the killing of three
persons yesterday.

The state government has cancelled the curfew passes issued last week and even journalists are finding it difficult to venture out in the city.

The meeting decided that Army would be used in
"peripheral" areas and not in congested areas.

It also decided that police and security forces should
ensure that there should be no violation of curfew and that
it should be strictly enforced.

The security Cabinet also felt that "maximum
crackdown" should be carried out against miscreants.

Army staged a flag march in some areas of curfew-bound
Srinagar this morning. Soldiers in machine gun mounted vehicles drove through various localities of this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, including the city centre Lal Chowk, Batamaloo, Bemina and Qamarwari localities.

Earlier in the day, the army, which has been called in after the state government`s request, marched on the airport road.

However, official sources assured that the army would not be used for crowd control in Srinagar, where the situation was described as "tense but under control".

Home Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister A K
Antony, Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekar, NSA Shiv Shankar
Menon, Home Secretary G K Pillai, and Defence Secretary
Pradeep Kumar attended the meeting.

There was no official word on any decision taken at
the hour-long meeting.

Earlier, Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju
had said that Army would remain on the streets in Srinagar
till it was necessary but the government would like it to be
short.

The trouble started Tuesday morning itself when security forces opened fire in Gungbugh locality as protests broke out, leaving Fayaz Ahmad Wani, 35, dead.

A stray bullet hit a woman in the chest in Batamaloo locality as she watched clashes on the road from her house and died while being shifted to hospital Tuesday afternoon.

After that, a teenager was killed when security forces opened fire in Maisuma locality.

Amid mounting concern over the situation in the Kashmir Valley, Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju said in New Delhi that the army would stay in Srinagar for as long as it was necessary.

Omar briefs PM

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah today spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
over phone and briefed him on the law and order situation in
the Valley.

Omar apprised the Prime Minister about the steps being
taken by the state government in restoring normalcy in the
state which include cracking down on mischief-makers and
miscreants, sources said.

The Chief Minister also spoke twice to the Home Minister
P Chidambaram and also to Defence Minister A K Antony about
the developments.

Meanwhile, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai who flew
in here from Delhi to take stock of the situation after a
meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security met the Chief
Minister and reviewed the overall law and order situation.

Pillai assured the Chief Minister of complete support of
the Centre in maintaining peace in the Valley.

The two discussed measures that were being taken to put
an end to the ongoing violent protests that left three people
dead.

After meeting the CM, Pillai also chaired a meeting of
officials of CRPF, Army and State Police and Intelligence
Bureau.

Earlier, Pillai met state Police Chief Kuldeep Khoda and
Commander of 15 Corps Lt Gen G S Marwah.

-Agency Inputs

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