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Cabinet discusses rising protests in Kashmir

By Wasim Khalid

April 19, 2017

Srinagar: The state cabinet meeting on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the rising participation of students in pro-freedom protests, Kashmir Reader has learnt. The cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to discuss the situation in Kashmir unanimously came to the conclusion that the mobile internet ban will continue till normalcy returns. “The cabinet expressed serious concern over how students suddenly rose and joined protests and took part in stone pelting,” sources privy to the meeting said. “The cabinet also sought the internal inquiry report from the police to know the reason why police entered the premises of Degree College Pulwama,” sources said.

Mobile internet ban to continueSeeks report on Pulwama college students’ assaultPolice give power-point presentation Expresses anguish over the loss of precious livesAppeals for peace and normalcy

On Monday, thousands of students participated in pro-freedom demonstrations across Kashmir during which more than 100 students were injured in clashes with police. A woman student was critically injured when a stone allegedly thrown from a CRPF bunker hit her on the head. A male student from Shopian was hit by pellets in his eye. Students have been protesting since the police attack on students of Government Degree College Pulwama on Saturday. On Monday, the police snapped mobile internet services and only broadband and 2G services were allowed. Sources said that the cabinet meeting lasted for two hours. The police intelligence unit gave a power-point presentation in which they discussed the ongoing situation, causes of protests and stone-pelting, and the strategy to deal with the protests and stone-pelting. The participants discussed the violence during the polls and the rising incidence of pro-freedom protests. They took detailed feedback from the police. The government later stated that the state cabinet expressed deep anguish over the loss “of precious lives in the Kashmir valley during the prevailing law and order situation”. “The cabinet made a fervent appeal to all shades of political opinion to help restore peace and normalcy in the valley,” the government stated. While reviewing the law and order situation in the state, the cabinet directed the police and security agencies to exercise maximum restraint while handling law and order situations. “The Cabinet urged the civil society and parents to counsel the youth to stay away from violent protests which, in spite of maximum restraint, can at times lead to fatal consequences,” the government said. It further directed the State administration to take all required measures to tackle the situation effectively and at the same time ensure that the general public is not put to any inconvenience and their grievances are addressed.