He said innocent youth had been misguided and stones had been put in their hands by vested interests, as he echoed Atal Behari Vajpayee’s path of ‘Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat & Jamooriyat’ to solve the Kashmir issue through talks and development.
He said the Centre is finding solution to all problems in Kashmir through development. He was speaking in Bhavra, birthplace of freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad in Madhya Pradesh, as he launched fortnight-long Independence Day celebrations.
This is the first time that the prime minister has spoken out on the trouble in Kashmir which has been on the boil for almost a month and seen 50-plus civilian deaths after protests broke out following death of terrorist Burhan Wani.
The PM said, “Boys who should be holding laptops, bats, balls in their hands and dreams in their hearts are the ones carrying stones today.”
Modi said some people “cannot digest development” and have “adopted the path of destruction”. He further said Kashmir is heaven for the country-men and every Indian dreams of visiting Kashmir but said it was now being seen that some misguided people are hurting this tradition of Kashmir.
56 people have died in the relentless violence; 3,000 of the 5,000 injured are security personnel, the police has said.