Modi launches 70 Saal Azadi, Yaad Karo Kurbani at Alirajpur and says few ‘misled people’ harming Kashmir’s great traditions….reports Asian Lite News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a handful of “misled people” are harming the great traditions of Kashmir and urged its youth to help make the state a “paradise”.
Addressing a public meeting, Modi also appealed for peace in the Kashmir Valley, saying his government was looking for developmental solutions to people’s problems.
“A handful of people, who have been mislead, are harming the great traditions of Kashmir. I call upon the youth of Kashmir to move forward with the dream of making Kashmir a paradise,” Modi said.
Modi chose to speak on the troubles in the valley publicly for the first time during the launch the “70 Saal Azadi, Yaad Karo Kurbani” celebrations at the birthplace of freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad.
“Kashmir wants peace. Whatever Kashmiris want for betterment of their livelihood, the centre will provide,” the Prime Minister said.
The Kashmir Valley has been engulfed by violent unrest since the July 8 killing of a rebel commander, leaving over 55 people dead and thousands injured.
Curfew in Kashmir
Authorities continued curfew and restrictions in Kashmir Valley on Wednesday for the 33rd consecutive day as separatists did not relent on shutdown and protests.
“Curfew will remain in force in Anantnag town while restrictions shall continue in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama towns,” a senior police official said here.
The official said restrictions shall also continue in old city and uptown Batmaloo area of Srinagar city.
“Similar restrictions shall remain in force in Sopore, Kupwara, Handwara and Baramulla towns.
“Prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPc (Criminal Procedure Code) are in place in Ganderbal, Bandipora and Badgam towns,” he said.
Separatists continue their shutdown call through weekly issuance of protest calendars.
Curfew and separatist shutdown began in the valley on July 9, a day after Hizbul commander, Burhan Wani, was killed in a gunfight with the security forces.
All educational institutions, shops, public transport and other business establishments have remained closed for the last 33 days in Kashmir, although interior markets in cities and towns have been functioning briefly in the evenings.
Police said except for stone pelting incidents at three places in Kupwara, Bandipora and Anantnag districts, the overall law and order situation had generally remained calm on Tuesday.