Congress president Sonia Gandhi has expressed her anguish over the loss of innocent lives in protests in Kashmir following the killing of most wanted Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.
“Terrorism must be dealt with firmly and forcefully,” she said according to ANI.
She also said: “I appeal to my brothers and sisters in the Valley to allow political parties to find durable and enduring ways of fulfilling their aspirations meaningfully in a peaceful and democratic manner.”
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Sonia Gandhi, former Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah, and J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, assuring her all central assistance to restore calm in the Valley.
Meanwhile, the death toll in clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir rose to 23 on July 11, with over 250 people getting injured.
Violence erupted in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam and later spread to other districts in the valley after security forces killed Wani and his two associates in Anantnag.
A schoolteacher’s son, Wani apparently influenced hundreds of Kashmiri youth to join militancy in the past few years through slick social media posts and videos.