Delhi plans to turn up heat on Kashmiri leaders

New Delhi–The Indian government has decided to scale down security of Kashmiri separatist leaders, withdraw their passport that will make foreign travel difficult, scrutinize bank accounts and direct state police to complete pending investigations in cases against them.
The crackdown follows the Hurriyat leaders’ snub on Sunday in Srinagar to a 26-member all-party delegation that Indian home minister Rajnath Singh led to find a solution to two months of unrest in the Valley over the killing of a militant leader. The separatists refused any engagement with the team.
New Delhi viewed the separatists’ stand as provocative, inciting the Valley’s youth and not helping solve the crisis. Singh on Tuesday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the strife-torn Valley.
The home minister met finance minister Arun Jaitley and BJP chief Amit Shah later in the evening, along with party general secretary Ram Madhav and junior minister in the PMO, Jitender Singh.
The Centre has apparently told the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir to give up its “soft-separatist” stance and take tough action against separatists. Mufti, New Delhi feels, has been a bit hesitant on that account.
Though a minister hinted at tough action against separatists, a senior security official said: “There will be elements trying to take advantage of the security withdrawal and blame any incident on the government. We would like the security to continue.”— INP

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