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Chidambaram appeals people to end violence in J-K

By Abdul Nisar

New Delhi, Aug 4 (ANI): Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday appealed the people of Jammu and Kashmir to end the cycle of violence, and said the situation in the valley continues to be a cause of concern.

"The situation in Jammu and Kashmir continues to be a cause of concern. It has taken a serious turn in recent days. Beginning June 11, 2010, there has been a cycle of violence threatening law and order and public peace. The violence in the State has followed a certain pattern," said Chidambaram in a statement on Jammu and Kashmir in the Lok Sabha today.

"Usually, the violence is triggered by stone pelting by large crowds and their targets of attack are police stations, police outposts and other public property. There have been instances where the security forces have been fired upon by someone in the protesting crowds. There is reliable intelligence that some armed militants may have mingled with the crowds and fired at the security forces," he added.

Chidambaram further said the Central Government deeply regrets the loss of lives in Jammu and Kashmir.

"I convey our deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased. A number of people have also been injured and the State Government has assured that they will be given the best medical treatment," said Chidambaram.

"Even while we regret these incidents, I would appeal to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to put an end to the current cycle of violence. I have a special appeal to parents: your children's safety and welfare is our paramount consideration - as it must be yours - and I would urge you to ensure that they do not join the violent protests," he added.

Backing the Omar Abdullah-led Government in Jammu and Kashmir, Chidambaram said the people have elected a Government and they must repose their faith in that Government to find solutions to the problems.

"Once peace and order are restored, I am confident that we can explore the possibility of reactivating the political process that holds the key to solutions," said Chidambaram

"On its part, the Central Government offers its full support to the State Government in restoring law and order, holding a dialogue, redressing genuine grievances, accelerating development programmes, and ensuring equity, justice and honour for all sections of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," he added. (ANI)

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