Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain calm so that the situation can normalise in the Valley, even as he hoped that no innocent person faces inconvenience or loss.
Chairing a high-level meeting here on the situation in Kashmir Valley, where more than 30 people have lost lives in the protests triggered by the killing of Hizbul militant commander Burhan Wani, Modi voiced concern over the situation in the state.
"He has appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain peace so that the situation can normalise. He also expressed hope that no innocent person should face any kind of inconvenience or loss," Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said after the meeting.
The Prime Minister also expressed satisfaction over the progress of the Amarnath Yatra and said whatever help needed by the state government will be provided by the Centre.
Singh said the Prime Minister voiced concern over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, gave guidance and also appealed for peace.
The meeting was convened within hours of Modi's return from his visit to four African countries.
The Prime Minister was given a detailed presentation of the situation prevailing in the Valley which has witnessed escalating protests following the killing of Wani on Friday.
The meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar among others. No J&K representative was present in the meeting.
"The Prime Minister kept taking updates about the Jammu and Kashmir situation during his visit abroad. The biggest evidence of his concern is that he called this review meeting within hours of returning from the tour and took details," Singh told reporters.
Yesterday, Parrikar, Jaitley and Doval, who returned a day earlier from Africa where he was accompanying the Prime Minister, had met to discuss the situation.
The Ministers were briefed by Chiefs of central security agencies about the steps taken to bring back peace and normalcy in the Valley.
'UNHAPPY OVER MEDIA COVERAGE'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have expressed his 'unhappiness' over the media coverage on violent protests in Kashmir Valley following killing of Burhan Wani, saying the Hizbul Mujahideen militant has been portrayed as a "hero".
This was conveyed by the Prime Minister at the high-level meeting he convened in this morning to review the situation arising in Jammu and Kashmir after Wani's killing in an encounter, sources privy to the meeting said.
In the meeting, attended by top Union Ministers and officials, the Prime Minister was given a detailed briefing about the Wani, the encounter, the subsequent protests and drowning of a policeman.
Modi was believed to have expressed 'unhappiness' over the media coverage of Kashmir situation saying a militant has been portrayed as "hero" giving more traction to his followers to whip up frenzy, sources said.
The Prime Minister has also cited the over a dozen cases registered against Wani, most of which were serious in nature under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
Meanwhile, sources said, the Home Ministry was worried over the situation in Kashmir Valley in next two days.
July 13 (tomorrow) is commemorated as "martyrs day" in Kashmir and Friday is the 'jumme ki namaz'.