As Kashmir continued to boil for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday with the death toll reaching 32, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the widespread violence in the valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by security forces, while Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh postponed his visit to the United States.
"The Prime Minister is chairing a high level meeting on the situation in Kashmir," the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) posted on Twitter.
According to official sources, the Prime Minister was given a detailed presentation on the prevailing situation in Kashmir.
Modi returned on Tuesday morning after a five-day official tour of four African nations.
Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh who was to leave for the US to attend the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue next week has delayed his trip and was present in the meeting at the PM’s residence along with other top ministers including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval.
Even though, a Home Ministry official cited Singh&’s busy schedule ahead of the upcoming Monsoon session of the Parliament as the reason for the deferment, sources said that the Kashmir unrest could be the key factor for postponing the five-day US visit adding the trip may now take place in September.
Rajnath Singh had on Monday chaired a discussion with senior Union ministers and officials during which it was suggested that security forces make "judicious" use of force and ensure smooth movement of Amarnath pilgrims.
He also reached out to opposition leaders like Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as part of efforts to bring back peace and normalcy in Kashmir Valley.