Kashmir Valley violence being instigated: Home Ministry

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 08, 2010 22:41 hrs

Srinagar: The Union Home Ministry has said that it has evidence that some of the violence in the Kashmir Valley is being planned and instigated.

Television channel NDTV quoted senior ministry sources, as saying that security officials were examining several intercepts between different individuals and extremist elements that reveal deliberate attempts at not just ensuring violence, but even deaths.

The channel said it has access to some of the intercepts and one recording is as recent as this morning.

It claimed that it had a taped conversation between two separatists-Ghulam Ahmad Dar and Shabir Ahmed Wani-in which they refer to a protest rally in Budgam and of money changing hands.

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"You are getting money, but not doing enough. There must be some more deaths. Ten to fifteen more people should be martyred," the recorded conversation reveals.

The sources say there is recognition of genuine protest and anger in the Valley, but add that "mischief makers" are taking advantage of that anger.

A day after Union Home Secretary G.K.Pillai's visit to Srinagar, the Omar Abdullah-led Government in Jammu and Kashmir has been told to crack down on the mischief-makers, arrest them and enforce curfew completely.