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Burhan Wani’s father stays in Sri Sri’s Ashram says meeting was ‘Personal and humanitarian’

With the Centre grappling to bring peace in restive Kashmir after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, the slain militant’s father Muzaffar Wani met Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at his ashram and stays there two days in Bengaluru.

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A spokesman said the two men discussed several issues.

“Ravi Shankar and Muzaffar Wani discussed several issues including the current situation and how normalcy can be restored in the valley,” the spokesman said in a statement.

The discussions were “purely on a personal and humanitarian angle”, the statement added.

“I met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during a personal visit to Bengaluru last week. Since Sri Sri is a man of peace, I apprised him about the ground situation,” Muzaffar Wani said.

“Sri Sri asked me what the people of Kashmir wanted. I asked him to visit the Valley to find out for himself,” he said. Wani, a teacher by profession, said there should be an unconditional dialogue with the separatists to find a lasting solution to Kashmir problem.

“I had gone there for treatment and stayed in the ashram to seek care for some ‘ailment’,” Mr. Wani said after the meeting.

“I came back with some medicines for myself. That is all,” Muzaffar Wani said.

The killing of Wani’s son Burhan sparked off violence in Kashmir that has left 68 persons dead and thousands others injured as the unrest entered its 51st day on Sunday. Wani said he also asked Sri Sri to use his influence in finding a solution to Kashmir problem.

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