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Feels as if PM Modi, PDP want the Valley to remain tense: Congress

Updated: Sep 18, 2016 11:00 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 18 (ANI): Following the massive gunbattle which broke out early on Sunday morning in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress came down heavily on the Centre and the state government for being unable to contain the tense situation in the Valley with over two months past.

Speaking to ANI here, Congress leader Manish Tewari stated that the conditions in Jammu and Kashmir remain sensitive and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the PDP-BJP state government have not been able to make any headway into the unrest there.

"Today it has been more than two months and the situation remains tense. It feels as if PM Modi and the PDP want the situation to remain tense," he said.

Meanwhile the five-hour long gunbattle in Uri came to an end as the Army neutralised all four terrorists who attacked the Army base in the wee hours today.

After postponing his forthcoming visits to the United States and Russia in the wake of the encounter in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has instructed Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other senior officers in the Ministry of Home Affairs to closely monitor the situation in the Valley.

Later in the day, a high level security meet is to take place at Rajnath's residence at 12:15pm, in which senior MHA and MoD officials are set to attend.

"Keeping the situation of Jammu and Kashmir in mind and in the wake of terror attack in Uri, I have postponed my visits to Russia and the USA . Spoke to Governor & CM of Jammu & Kashmir regarding the terror attack in Uri. They have apprised me of the security situation in the state," Rajnath said in a series of tweets.

Around four to five terrorists attacked the Army Brigade's headquarters in Uri to which the security forces gave a fitting reply.

The entire town has been sealed and security on the vital roads connecting Line of Control (LOC) has been beefed up.

The Army sent three choppers from army's 19 divisional headquarters in Baramulla to Uri.

Reportedly six soldiers have been injured out of which three have been airlifted to the nearest hospital.

Para Commando troops were airdropped into the conflict zone to fortify the response by the defence.

Intense firing and explosions were heard in the area and the encounter site is nearly 90 kilometres north of Srinagar. (ANI)

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