New Delhi: As Kashmir valley witnesses a
fresh spurt in violence, the Cabinet Committee on Security
chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met tonight to take
stock of the situation.
This is the second time in less than a month the CCS has
met to discuss the situation in Kashmir where a renewed wave
of unrest since Friday--just when violence appeared to be
ebbing--has led to death of nine people in three days in
alleged police firing.
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 analysed.
The CCS, while taking stock of the situation, also
discussed the proposal of state Chief Minister Omar Abduallah
for beginning an internal dialogue with all shades of opinion.
The state Government had also sent a request for a
policy to rehabilitate former militants who had served their
jail sentence and were unemployed besides a comprehensive
policy for those youths who were willing to return from
It may be mentioned that intelligence agencies had been
reporting that the majority of stone pelters have been those
who have been former militants at present unemployed.
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 Home and defence ministries.
The number of people who have lost their lives in
violence since Friday has gone up to nine after three persons
were killed in clashes between protestors and security forces
which opened fire in Pampore and Khrew areas in the outskirts
of the city today.
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 seven 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.