Union home minister Rajnath Singh-led all-party delegation held meetings with several politicians in Srinagar on Sunday , but detained Hurriyat leaders refused to meet non-BJP members of the delegation, who attempted to reach out to the separatists in their individual capacity .The delegation visited Srinagar as part of efforts to normalise the situation in the Valley, which has faced curfew for more than 50 days following violent protests over the death of militant Burhan Wani.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury , CPI's D Raja, Sharad Yadav of JD(U) and RJD's Jay Prakash Narayan went to meet hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his residence, where he is under house arrest, only to find the doors locked from inside. They faced angry protestors raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The delegation members also went to meet Yaseen Malik, who is detained at Humhama sub-jail, where he refused to talk. All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi's attempt to talk to Mirwaiz, detained at Chashmashahi sub-jail, also failed as he refused to talk.
Later Yechury and Raja made another attempt to meet Mirwaiz. In a joint statement, the Hurriyat leaders termed the al-lparty delegation visit a “deceitful method of crisis management“. Yadav told the media that Malik informed him that he cannot talk in current circumstances, while Mirwaiz told Owaisi that his party and other leaders have decided to not to talk with the delegation members.
The delegation's visit came on a day when crisis in the Valley entered 58th day, with 72 civilians killed and more than 7,000 injured. On Sunday , the government reimposed curfew in most parts of the Valley and roads leading to the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), where the delegation held meetings. More than 300 people were injured in protests across Kashmir on Sunday .
Earlier, CM Mehbooba Mufti met the delegation members along with state ministers and finance minister Haseeb Drabu made a detailed presentation on current situation. Some PDP members met the delegation separately. The PDP members told the delegation that tension was simmering in the Valley due to “false propaganda“ over various issues and Wani's killing was only a trigger, people familiar with the matter said. “In his presentation Drabu asked for review of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, ban on pellet guns and release of funds from New Delhi,“ a delegation member said.
The PDP-BJP alliance was also discussed, about which a PDP minister said, as per the delegation member, “Alliance created a new situation in the state and different people reacted to it differently.“