J&K interlocuters in Srinagar for talks

The Centre`s interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir on Monday arrived on a two-day visit to the Valley to hold consultations with the `intelligentsia and the academia` for finding a political solution to the Kashmir issue.

Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 20:39 PM IST

Srinagar: The Centre`s interlocutors on
Jammu and Kashmir on Monday arrived on a two-day visit to the
Valley to hold consultations with the `intelligentsia and the
academia` for finding a political solution to the Kashmir
issue.

The three-member team headed by veteran journalist
Dileep Padgaonkar arrived in the state for their seventh visit
after they were appointed in October last year.

Padgaonkar said that the interlocutors will hear
the opinions and views of the academia and intelligentsia of
the state on how to resolve Kashmir issue.

"We are meeting the intelligentsia today and will
brief
the media tomorrow about our visit," he added.

Padgaonkar, academician Radha Kumar and former Central
Information Commissioner M M Ansari were appointed as
interlocutors by the Centre in October last year towards the
end of the summer unrest in the Valley, which left over 100
dead.

The team has been given one year to submit a report to
the Centre for a political solution to the Kashmir problem.

The interlocutors have so far submitted six interim
reports to the Centre in which they have recommended release
of political prisoners and students held on charges of stone
pelting, end to arrests of youths for participating in
last year`s protests and removing bunkers from some
residential areas of the city.

As part of their recommendations, the government has
removed 40 bunkers from various parts of the city and many
second rung separatist leaders and their sympathisers have
been released.

PTI