Rajnath appeals for peace, assures stopping pellet guns in Kashmir

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Reiterating appeal for restoration of peace and normalcy in the Kashmir valley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today assured that use of pellet guns will be stopped soon and an all parties central delegation will be sent to the protests rocked state for facilitating restoration of normalcy.
“We are planning to send an all party delegation to Kashmir to assess the situation and help to restore normalcy in the valley,” Singh said at a joint news conference with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here this afternoon.
“We are pained because of the prevailing situation in the valley and that is why I am here for the second time during the past one month,” the Home Minister said.
He said 300 delegations and representatives of almost all political parties had met me during my stay in Kashmir this time.
About separatist leaders, Singh said before leaving for Srinagar from Delhi I had tweeted that I will be available for all those who believe in “Insanayat, Jamhoriyat and Kashmiriyat”.
He said security forces have been directed to exercise restraint while dealing with the situation in the Kashmir valley. They (Security personnel) are exercising restraint and that is why more than 4,500 security force personnel have also been injured in the attacks by the mob.
About the use of pellet guns, Singh said an expert committee was constituted to recommend alternative to pellet guns which may be non lethal.
Though the committee was given two months to submit the report, but it will now submit the report within next few days, he said adding it will take few more days to take the decision to stop use of pellet guns.
The expert committee has informed that the report will be submitted within next two to five days, the Home Minister said adding it may take next five days to stop use of the pellet guns.
Singh said “The Prime Minister is sad and has also expressed his dismay over situation in
State, he (Mr Modi) is in touch with me to know about the situation over here,” he said.
“We want development of Kashmir? We have decided to appoint local youths in Central
Armed Police Force battalion besides 10,000 Special Police Officers (SPOs) are to be recruited, Home Minister said adding more steps will be also taken.
“I appeal to everybody, brothers and sisters in the Kashmir valley to help in restoring normalcy,” he said.
When asked what was the need for coming here again when all those who met him last time again called on him and interacted now and also held meeting with the Prime Minister in the national capital earlier this week, Singh said “This time more than 300 met and interacted with his.
“If any Kashmiri youth or security force jawan dies, we feel very sad. I appeal to everyone do not play with the lives of our Kashmiri youths who should have been carrying computers and books in their hands instead of stones”, he reiterated.
Singh said “We see the future of Kashmiri youths with Indian youths, I want that people of Kashmir should identify all those who are forcing our youths to throw stones. A child is child whether he is from Kashmir or any other part of the country, we cannot imagine India without Kashmiris”.

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