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CM Mehbooba Attempts Healing Touch, Centre Sends More Forces to J&K

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Last Updated: April 17, 2016, 07:28 IST

File photo of clash in Kashmir.

File photo of clash in Kashmir.

J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tried to douse the flames by visiting the houses of protesters killed in police firing.

With no let-up in violence even after five days, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday tried to douse the flames by visiting the houses of protesters killed in police firing.

Mehbooba met the families in Kupwara and assured them justice, even as she termed the incidents of violence "unacceptable". Five people have died so far and several others injured after violence broke out on Tuesday over allegations that a security personnel molested a local girl.

Later, the Chief Minister asked the civil and police administration to deal with law and order situation meticulously so that the promise of delivering good governance to the people is implemented on the ground.

Meanwhile, the mother of the girl who was allegedly molested in Handwara, alleged her daughter's video statement was taken by security forces under duress. The girl in the video has said those who misbehaved with her were not security forces, but local men.

"My girl is just 16 years old and was alone in the police station when her statement was recorded. She was pressured by police to give that statement," she said.

"When the girl was returning home after school on Tuesday, she went to a bathroom and was followed by an army man. When she saw the army man in the bathroom, she raised an alarm, attracting attention of the nearby shopkeepers. The policemen also came to the scene but the army man fled." "She was then taken to a police station without our knowledge," she claimed.

The mother also alleged the 16-year-old girl, her father and his sister have been detained over the past five days.

On a petition filed by her, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court directed the police to cite the law under which they have detained the girl and her family members.

(With PTI Inputs)
first published:April 16, 2016, 23:53 IST
last updated:April 17, 2016, 07:28 IST