July 2016 News

Tense Valley Sees More Clashes

19 July 2016
Greater Kashmir
Ehsan Fazili

Srinagar: At least three civilians received pellet injuries in the clashes between protesters and security forces at Khannabal in Anantnag district of south Kashmir this evening, while the overall situation remained peaceful across the Valley today. Two of the injured were shifted to a Srinagar hospital, while the third was being treated in Anantnag. Their condition is stated to be stable. According to official sources, the stone-throwing incident took place at Khannabal on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway about 7:45 pm when the police and CRPF deployment was being withdrawn in the evening. Normal life continued to remain paralysed in the Kashmir valley for the 11th consecutive day today after clashes broke out between protesters and security force personnel at a number of places. Strict curfew restrictions remained in force in most areas of the summer capital and other major towns of the Valley today. Barring incidents of stray and intermittent stone-throwing at some places, the situation in Kashmir remained under control. The police said stone-throwing incidents were reported from Tahab in Pulwama, Sangam Chowk in Bijbehara, Fatehpur and Ahan in Ganderbal and Bagyas and Reck Chowk in Srinagar. A day after the death of three persons, including two women, at Churhat Devsar in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, the overall situation in Kashmir limped towards normalcy today. While two persons died on way to hospital on Monday, a woman succumbed to her injuries at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at night. The continuing restrictions and shutdown had led to scarcity of essential commodities and medicines across the Valley. Kashmir had been reeling under a clampdown on communication services, including mobile phones and internet, with only BSNL mobile and broadband services functional. In a joint statement, separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik reiterated the general strike call till Thursday afternoon, followed by a shutdown to observe 'Kashmir Day' on Friday. They called for observance of 'black day' on Wednesday. With the death of three persons in the Qazigund area on Monday, the toll in the ongoing unrest so far went up to 43, including a policeman. Over 3,100 persons, including security personnel, had received injuries. A review meeting was convened by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday. She was told that of the persons injured during the prevailing law and order situation, a total of 1,924 had been discharged from hospitals while 191 were still undergoing treatment, including 70 with eye injuries. The Amarnath yatra remained suspended from Jammu following the death of three civilians in the Qazigund area of south Kashmir on Monday. It was earlier suspended from July 9 to 11 and then from July 14 to 16 in view of the law and order situation in the Valley. An official spokesman said on the 18th day today, at least 3,238 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave. With this, a total of 1,82,768 pilgrims had paid obeisance at the cave shrine since the yatra began on July 2. Hafiz Saeed leads 'Kashmir Caravan' in Pak: Lahore: Mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack Hafiz Saeed on Tuesday led a 'Kashmir Caravan' from Lahore to Islamabad and vowed to march towards Jammu and Kashmir 'till Kashmiris get freedom'. Stretching several kilometres, the caravan left for Islamabad from Lahore's Mall Road in the afternoon. It will reach its destination on Wednesday where the JuD has planned a huge public meeting to express solidarity with Kashmiris. Speaking at the rally in Lahore, Saeed said in the first phase the 'Kashmir Caravan' would reach Islamabad to 'wake up' the members of the National Assembly and Senate to raise their voice for the rights of Kashmiris. Pak can observe black day year-round: Sena: New Delhi: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday unleashed a belligerent attack on Pakistan over the loss of innocent lives in the recent unrest in the Kashmir valley and said Islamabad would have to observe 'black day' throughout the year as the Indian Army is so strong that it would gun down a terrorist like Burhan Wani every day. Asserting that India should not hold dialogue with Pakistan, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the only way to restore peace in the Valley was by increasing interaction with the people of Kashmir. 'I will say that our Army men are doing a good job and like this they will be killing a Burhan Wani everyday and Pakistan will have to observe 'black day' throughout the year,' said Raut. Army Chief to visit Srinagar today: Jammu: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag is scheduled to visit Kashmir on Wednesday to review the prevailing situation in the Valley. Highly placed defence sources said Northern Command GoC-in-C Lt Gen DS Hooda would receive the Army Chief at Srinagar along with GoCs of 15 and 16 Corps of the Northern Command. The Army Chief will reach Srinagar on Wednesday morning and return on the same day after reviewing the situation. Sources said the Army Chief will get ground feedback from the the Army commanders about the situation which emerged after Wani's killing. TNS No restrictions on Press, clarify DMs: The state government made it clear on Tuesday that there were no restrictions on printing and publishing of newspapers. In a notification, the Srinagar District Magistrate clarified that there were no restrictions on printing and publishing of newspapers in the district. In a separate notification issued by the Budgam District Magistrate, it was stated that there were no restrictions of any kind on printing, publishing and distribution of newspapers in the district.