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We want to prevent loss of lives in J&K: official

Senior Home Ministry and officials of the J&K police have asserted that barring localised incidents the law and order situation in the Valley has remained peaceful, since the end of special status to the State.On Tuesday, a senior government official said the ongoing restrictions in Kashmir Valley was a “trade-off between inconvenience and loss of lives.” He said that when the entire northeast was redrawn in the past, there was violence but the situation is normal now. “People have short memories,” he said.All communication lines including Internet and landline phones continue to be suspended.
“These decisions are not simple, they are taken at local and district levels. The situation varies from place to place,” said the official.“Some people are trying to instigate and provoke. We have to choose between allowing free run to such elements or leave it to the judgment of the local administration,” he said.
The Home Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that “miscreants mingled with people returning home after prayers at a local mosque” in Soura on August 9 and “they resorted to unprovoked stone pelting against law enforcement forces to cause widespread unrest.”Earlier when BBC and Reuters had carried reports and posted videos of the protests, the claim was contested by the government.
The Home Ministry spokesperson said on Twitter on Tuesday, “law enforcement authorities showed restraint and tried to maintain law & order situation. It is reiterated that no bullets have been fired in #JammuAndKashmir since the development related to #Article370.”

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/we-want-to-prevent-loss-of-lives-in-jk-official/article29088610.ece

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