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HM Rajnath Singh Discusses Kashmir Clashes With Sonia Gandhi, Omar Abdullah
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday telephoned Congress president Sonia Gandhi and National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to discuss the the on ground situation in Kashmir with them.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday telephoned Congress president Sonia Gandhi and
National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to discuss the the on ground situation in Kashmir with them.

During the conversation the HM discussed with them efforts to bring back peace and normalcy in Kashmir Valley, which is witnessing violent protests after killing of militant leader Burhan Wani on Friday.

In a statement on Monday, Gandhi voiced her anguish over the clashes saying that there can be no compromise on matters relating to national security.

Omar Abdullah in a series of tweets talked about the conversation he had with the HM.

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“HM @rajnathsingh ji spoke to me earlier today. I told him that until security forces exercise maximum restraint & stop killing protestors this vicious cycle of violence would not stop. Only after the lethal use of force ends can we begin to pull the valley back from the abyss. For our part @JKNC_ will play what ever role is required to help normalise the situation. But onus lies on state & central governments,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, death toll in the clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir mounted to 23, as normal life remained paralysed for the third day on Monday in the Valley due to curfew-like restrictions and separatists- sponsored strike in the wake of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on Friday.

Mobile telephony has been suspended in the four districts of south Kashmir since Friday evening as violent protests erupted following killing of Wani in an encounter with security forces.

With these, the death toll in the clashes between protesters and security forces has gone up to 23, including a policeman. More than 250 persons have been injured in the violence and the situation continues to be tense across the Valley.

Curfew-like restrictions continued to be in place in many parts of the Valley including parts of Srinagar city, where the first death in the clashes occurred last evening.

Authorities have strengthened the presence of security forces in vulnerable areas of the city and elsewhere in the Valley to contain the protests, a police official said.

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He said the restrictions were being enforced strictly today to avoid any further loss of life or damage to property.

Shops, private offices, business establishments and petrol pumps were shut, while government offices and banks witnessed thin attendance, officials said.

Public transport was completely off the roads while private cars and auto-rickshaws were seen plying at few places in the areas where there were no restrictions, they said.

Educational institutions in the Valley were closed on account of the ongoing summer vacations, while Central University of Kashmir (CUK), Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) and Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) have postponed the examinations due to the prevailing situation.

Most of the separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, are either in custody or under house arrest.

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