After talks snub, govt may curtail facilities for Kashmiri separatists

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The central government is planning to harden its stance against Kashmiri separatist leaders who are spearheading an unending street unrest in the valley for the past two months, according to Home Ministry sources here.
The sources said the government was considering review its policy on their security, medical treatment and foreign trips.
The review comes after separatists hardened their stance over their demand for right to self-
determination and refused to hold talks with a group of opposition MPs who were in Jammu and Kashmir as part of an all-party delegation from Delhi.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the visit of the all-party team and the situation in the troubled valley where 75 persons have been killed and over 12,000 injured in the aftermath of the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
The Centre is considering curtailing facilities like foreign trips, security and medical treatment, among other things, for separatists in Kashmir, in what’s being seen as hardening of the government’s stance against militants, according to Union home ministry sources.
Government is planning to deal firmly with those who are fomenting trouble, the sources said.
On Monday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had expressed his displeasure over the decision of Kashmiri separatists to refuse talks with members of the all-party delegation that visited Kashmir.
Five MPs of the group tried to talk to the separatists but they refused to engage in discussions.
The “doors are wide open” for talks with anyone interested in peace and normalcy+ , Rajnath had said. Earlier today, the Home Minister, in an hour long meeting, apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the ground situation in the state as was assessed by the all-party delegation which visited Srinagar and Jammu on September 4 and 5.

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