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J-K CM Mehbooba calls on PM Modi


New Delhi : Mehbooba Mufti, who is on her maiden visit to the national capital after taking over as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi this afternoon.

“Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, CM of J&K called on the Prime Minister today,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.

Mehbooba earlier raised the issue of Handwara firing in which two civilians were killed with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

The Chief Minister said that the incidence of violence was unfortunate indeed and should never have happened.

“I spoke to Lt General DS Hooda and Defence Minister Parrikar and they have assured me that an enquiry has been set in place and that those responsible will be punished. The family of the victims will also be compensated,” she added.

Earlier, violent protests broke out in Handwara after charges were made against an Army man of allegedly molesting a local girl.

A mob of angry locals took to the streets and tried to set a security picket afire. The J-K Police along with the Army opened fire on the protesters as the agitation turned violent.

Separatists have called for a shutdown today condemning the death of the two civilians.

During her meeting with Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu earlier, the Chief Minister conveyed to him that she wants certain cities in Jammu and Kashmir to be considered under the schemes by the Centre and wants them to be developed like the ‘Smart Cities’.

“There are some cities in Jammu and Kashmir that are old and have a history of their own like Srinagar and Jammu. We want them to be developed like the smart cities. In my meeting now, I discussed issues like housing, drainage and waste management, for which the central government has many good schemes,” Mehbooba told ANI.

She added that she wants the state to also receive the benefits from the Central schemes. (ANI)

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