July 2016 News

Four Injured As Violence Erupts Again In Kashmir

17 July 2016
The Hindu
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: Despite stringent security measures and curfew, fresh violence left four civilians injured in Kashmir valley on Sunday. The Congress meanwhile has alleged that disproportionate force has been used against civilians and demanded an all-party meet on the issue. Four civilians were injured in Bandipora district's Sadrekoot area in a clash between security forces and protesters. One youth, severely injured in the incident, is said to be in a critical condition. Army unit attacked? Preliminary reports suggest the army unit was attacked by stone-throwing protesters and retaliated by firing at the crowd. Curfew and a communications clampdown continued in the Valley, with mobile services suspended and no newspaper being published for the second day. 'Stray incidents of stone pelting were received from Kunzer in Baramulla, Eidgah in Srinagar and Saderkote Bala in Bandipora. Several policemen CRPF personnel and civilians received injuries in these incidents,' said a police spokesman. Twenty more battalions of the CRPF were flown in to support the 2,800 troops sent to assist the State police last week. 'Some of the fresh units will exclusively render the task of road opening parties in order to secure the movement of security forces convoys,' a senior official said. The human rights group, J&K Coalition of Civil Society, claimed that July 15 and 16 saw the fresh arrival of 80 injured people to the SMHS hospital, 53 with pellet injuries. 'At last 31 have pellet injuries in their eyes,' said Khuram Pervez, the group's spokesman. Cong urges all-party meet A two-member Congress team of MP and party general secretary Ambika Soni and senior leader Salman Khursheed visited Srinagar to take stock of the situation. Speaking to reporters, Ms Soni accused the PDP-BJP Government with using 'disproportionate force against protesters' and blamed the coalition for failing to contain the situation.