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Police chief of held Kashmir says situation still fragile

SRINAGAR: Chief of the Jammu and Kashmir police has said that situation in the India-held region is still grim.

The director general of police (DGP), K. Rajendra, told a meeting of top civil and police officials chaired by Chief Minister Meh­booba Mufti that situation in the held Valley had improved a bit since the death of Burhan Wani in July, which set off massive unrest there.

DGP Rajendra said that even though the “intensity and spread of the situation has come down”, it continued to be extremely fragile.

He claimed that between 250 and 300 militants were active in the disputed region. “Given the present situation, we need to have a roadmap for the next two to three months,” he said.

The DGP said at least 70 buildings had been set ablaze during the ongoing unrest in the Valley. “Of these 70 buildings, 53 have been destroyed,” he said.

At the meeting, deputy commissioners and SSPs of the Kashmir division made detailed presentations on the ongoing development works, some of which have been affected due to the situation.

Published in Dawn, November 7th, 2016

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