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Mehbooba Mufti meets Modi, discusses Kashmir situation

mufti-modi-meeting-pti Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti at a meeting in New Delhi on Saturday | PTI

Jammu and Kahsmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and discussed security situation in the state as the valley remained on the boil with one more civilian killed in firing by security forces.

The meeting took place at the prime minister's official 7 Race Course residence.

The sources said the chief minister was summoned to Delhi after Home Minister Rajnath Singh's two-day visit to the valley. They said the home minister had asked Mufti to act tough against and round up those perpetrating a deadly civilian unrest triggered by the July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.

"Rajnath Singh carried the same message and that was what Modi was expected to tell Mehbooba," one of the sources said.

As Mehbooba jetted off to Delhi on Friday, one more civilian died after security forces opened fire in south Kashmir's Pulwama district. This took the death toll in the ongoing unrest to 70.

Over 7,000 civilians and more than 4,000 security personnel have been injured during the unrest - the deadliest the valley has suffered in six years.

Police said Shakeel Ahmad Ganai, 22, was killed after he sustained bullet injuries in a clash with the security forces in Haal village.

A doctor at the sub-district hospital at Pulwama said Ganai had been hit by a bullet that pierced through his heart.

Some three dozen people were injured in other clashes across the valley after the Friday prayers.

The security restrictions were tightened on Friday amid apprehensions that separatist leaders may stoke further trouble. They had asked people to gather in Eidgah prayer grounds for a pro-freedom protest rally in the heart of the volatile old Srinagar city.

But the government thwarted the protest march to the sprawling prayer ground.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who heads the hardline Hurriyat Conference, was held outside his upscale Hyderpora residence as he defied restrictions and attempted to march to Eidgah.

The moderate Hurriyat chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was also arrested near his Nigeen house. Both the separatist leaders were briefly detained at police stations near their houses.

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