Lashkar-e-Taiba fomenting trouble in Kashmir: Chidambaram

New Delhi, June 30 (Calcutta Tube) Home Minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday said the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was fomenting trouble in the Kashmir Valley where 11 civilians have died in firing by security forces on protesting mobs in the last month.

‘The anti-national forces are linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba,’ Chidambaram told reporters, when asked if the elements he had blamed Tuesday for inciting agitation in the valley were from Pakistan.

He said the LeT was active in the north Kashmir Sopore town, the worst hit by violent street protests.

‘Two militants were killed in an operation on June 25 in Krankshivan colony of Sopore. The LeT is active there,’ he said.

As the law and order situation worsened in the valley, the Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday clamped an indefinite curfew in south Kashmir towns of Anantnag, Kulgam and Pulwama while the restriction continued without any relaxation for the fifth day in Sopore and for the second day in Srinagar to curb widespread violence.

Three teenagers were killed in Anantnag town Tuesday as life across the Kashmir Valley remained paralysed for the last four days due to the violence.

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