Till now 21 people have lost life in Kashmir Valley since Friday when protesters began clashing with the police in the Valley after terrorist Burhan Wani of the Hizbul Mujahideen was died in a police operation. The state government has asked separatist leaders to help restore peace.
Here are the latest developments:
Over 350 people are injured, more than 100 of them security personnel. Over the weekend, four police stations had been set on fire across Kashmir valley and about 40 government offices were attacked vandalized by people protesting against terrorist Wani’s death.
There is curfew imposed in all 10 districts in the Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar. about 20 protesters have been killed in clashes with the police and one policeman also was killed after a mob pushed his vehicle into the Jhelum river at Sangam in Anantnag district. Violent aggitation on the ground and no respect for humanity seen.
About 15,000 Amarnath pilgrims are stranded at base camps in Jammu, with the Amarnath Yatra suspended for the continious third day. More and more people are arriving from all parts of the country at the Jammu camp, but the police said no one would be allowed to move today towards the Kashmir Valley, where the Amarnath shrine is as a security meassure.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti held a high power cabinet meeting on Sunday and appealed to opposition parties and all groups of people to help restore peace in the Valley.
“We appeal to the separatists, parents of children pelting stones to help bring peace….we condemn civilian deaths,” said government spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar.
The Mehbooba government will also check any unusual activity from armed forces, even as it appealed to people not to “become tools in the machinations of instigators of violence”. Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani asked people to not to attack police stations and to maintain communal harmony.
Expressing anguish over the Kashmir violence, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said,
“There can be no compromise on matters relating to National Security.”
Internet & mobile services are still down in Jammu and Kashmir. The Srinagar-Jammu national highway continues to be closed and train services remain suspended. School board exams have been postponed.
In Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will hold a high-level meeting today to review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. earlier, Mr Singh spoke to Mehbooba Mufti assuring her of the Centre’s help. The ruling BJP is a partner of Ms Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party or PDP in the Jammu and Kashmir government.
Despite restrictions, a large number of people had gathered in Tral, south Kashmir, for Burhan Wani’s funeral on Saturday. Wani was killed in an intelligence-led police operation along with two other terrorists on Friday afternoon. The police said he was planning a terror strike. He was 22-year-old was seen as the face of new militancy in Kashmir, He featured in videos circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp aimed at recruiting young Kashmiri men for terror.
Amarnath Yatra Halted is not at all a signature of Kashmiri Culture and respect for all. Peace must be restored by all fractions of the people including administration.
There should be one flag for the whole of India, says JKNPP leader Bhim Singh on Kashmir unrest https://t.co/sgfYF8AWE8
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Policing increased in many areas of Jammu and Kashmir. pic.twitter.com/fE4hVTUohJ
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Brutal Repression in Kashmir Condemned. CPIM expresses its grave concern at the deteriorating situation in Kashmir.https://t.co/j6IpZH7yFc
— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) July 11, 2016
Deteriorating situation in Kashmir is a cause of grave concern. Govt must start political process immediately. pic.twitter.com/7N3Wx8yvOM
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) July 11, 2016
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) July 11, 2016
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