Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday appealed the people of Kashmir, particularly youth to stay away from gunfight sites during counter-terrorism operations to avoid loss of civilian lives.
He also urged the people to participate with fervour in forthcoming Panchayati elections to strengthen democracy and governance at the grassroots level.
Mr Singh was addressing a press conference in Srinagar after concluding his day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
The Home Minister complimented people of the State for participation in the Municipal Elections. He appealed to all those political parties to participate in Panchayati elections.
Rajnath Singh reviewed the overall security situation in the Valley and also at LoC and borders with neighbouring country Pakistan at a high-level meeting in Srinagar.