Internet shutdown, curfew saved lives of Kashmir’s youth: Amit Shah

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Srinagar: The Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that internet shutdown and curfew after abrogation of limited-autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir (J-K) saved lives of youth in Kashmir while some elements wanted relaxation in curfew so that clashes erupt, leading to killing of youth to achieve political goals. 

Shah, who is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, was addressing the Youth Club Members of J-K in Srinagar. Saying that 40,000 individuals have lost their lives so far in J-K, including all the government forces, civilians, and militants, Shah added that “don’t we have to stop this since both militancy and development cannot go together”.

He said that it was “a planned strategy to incite violence by some elements demanding relaxation in the curfew so that clashes erupt and youth get killed so that their political goals [are] achieved.”

Stating that J-K is heading towards a new era, the Home Minister said that the 5 August 2019 will be written with the golden letters saying that it marked the end of militancy, corruption, nepotism, and dynasty rule.

He also said that three dynasties have ruled J-K and why have 40,000 people lost their lives.

“Is there any answer to it? Some elements were busy creating violence post-August 5 but the curfew was a necessary measure since it could have taken the lives of many youths,” he said.

“Internet shut down, Curfew has saved the lives of the youth of Kashmir. Everything is normal, all activities are taking place. Youth are studying. Tourists are coming. Industries will be set up so there is no curfew.”

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