Sensitise Valley youth to refrain from violence - General Dalbir Singh to troops

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"The chief reviewed the security situation and collaborative measures of security forces towards ensuring peace and calm in the region".

"It is perhaps a push by the central government to Army top brass that situation is getting out of control, either wise a top General had openly called for a dialogue with separatists", a political analyst said. At least 76 persons have been killed and over 12,000 injured in the violent unrest.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the deployment of troops in J&K was meant for foiling infiltration bids and it has nothing to do with the protests in the Kashmir Valley which started after the killing of a militant Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8.

"The local civil administration will have to ask (for) the army there, like it happened in Haryana, where the (Jat) agitation took place. We don't operate anywhere internally on our own", he said.

Army chief, General Dalbir Singh, arrived in the Valley on Friday to review the security situation, particularly in the four worst affected districts of south Kashmir, that have become the epicenter of the current uprising. He also visited forward areas along the Line of Control in Kupwara district. Normal life in the Valley remains disrupted for 62 days now.

The state police was not found competent to handle the current crisis as almost half the deaths reported so far took place in the first three days of violence when most of the central forces were deployed for Amarnath Yatra, government sources said.

The official added that around 14 police station areas in Srinagar and other major towns in Kashmir including Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Pampore, Awantipora, Tral, Baramulla, Pattan and Palhallan have been placed under curfew again.

Hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani today accused the Centre of starting a "farce of engagement" to divert attention from Kashmir saying it has been shaken by the resolve of Kashmiris to achieve their "goal".

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