As Kashmir enters the third month of unrest, in sharp contrast to its earlier stand, the government on Wednesday clarified that it has not turned the heat on separatist leaders in Kashmir.
According to an IANS report, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Wednesday all actions in Jammu and Kashmir, including steps against separatists, will be taken keeping "national interest" in mind.
"Whatever actions ... will be taken in the national interest. All actions will be taken keeping national security and other issues in mind," Rijiju told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here.
Asked about the "harsh steps" in the event of non-cooperation from opposition parties, the minister said: "There is no need to make a major issue out of these. "This government is serious about national security as well as the welfare of the people across the country including in Jammu and Kashmir. Accordingly all steps will be taken," he said.
Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of CPM also said the home minister Rajnath Singh had said that a "crackdown on separatists is absolutely wrong," reported ANI.
HM said in all party meet that reports of Govt deciding to crack down on separatists is absolutely wrong: Sitaram Yechury
— ANI (@ANI_news) September 7, 2016
Earlier media reports suggested that the Centre would scrutinise the bank accounts of the separatists, but also speed up pending investigations. Firstpost had reported that it was likely that the separatists would be banned from "making foreign trips and Z-scale security provided to them will be scaled down."
IANS had also reported that the government felt that the Hurriyat and other separatist leaders need to be "ignored and exposed" at a time when the common people are generally concerned about the issues of governance, joblessness and children education.
The news agency added: "Taking exception by the manner Hurriyat leaders declined to meet some opposition MPs who had tried to reach out to them, the Home Minister had said that their conduct was against "democracy and even 'Kashmiriyat' (traditional ethos)."