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Fresh clashes in Ganderbal, Mehbooba visits victims’ families

Fresh clashes broke out between protestors and the police on Saturday in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The clashes broke out as the agitators were protesting against the state of unrest in Handwara after a minor girl was allegedly molested by an Indian Army personnel.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday sought to douse the flames by visiting families of those killed since Tuesday in firing by security forces and assured them of justice amid her assertion that such incidents are “unacceptable”. Mehbooba reached out to the families of the victims in the hour of grief even as curfew-like restrictions continued in certain parts of Kashmir and mobile internet services were snapped throughout the Valley.

Meanwhile, mother of the 16-year-old girl, claimed that her daughter was pressurised into giving a video statement denying she was molested and has approached court seeking an independent probe into the incident.

In the wake of the tense situation in Handwara, the government has decided to send additional Central Armed Police Forces to strengthen the security grid in the Kashmir Valley.  

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