August 2016 News

Kashmir Unrest: Over 3,300 Security Personnel Injured In Violence Since July

7 August 2016

Srinagar: More than 3,300 security personnel have been injured in over 1,000 violent incidents in Kashmir since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, police said. 'Since July 2016, 3,329 personnel from Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Paramilitary Forces have been injured while maintaining law and order in the valley,' a police spokesman said in Srinagar on Sunday. He said out of these injured personnel, many have suffered grievous injuries including multiple fractures. 'Besides two personnel from JKP were killed in the violent protests in the valley,' he said. Burhan Muzaffar Wani, commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in a joint operation by J&K police and Rashtriya Rifles in Kokernag. Burhan had become the poster boy of new-age militancy, in which educated young men from the Valley took up arms for the first time after the 1990 uprising and trained themselves locally to wage a battle against what they saw as an 'occupation'. After Wani's death the valley went into a state of terror and protests. The spokesman said a total of 1,018 incidents of violence were reported during this period for which 1,030 FIRs were registered in different police stations of the valley. 'As many as 29 installations including police stations, police posts and other government establishments were set ablaze and 51 damaged by the protesters,' he said. Referring to efforts of police to end the violent protests, he said more than 1,000 accused have been arrested and 'bound down in different police stations of the valley'. Fifty-two persons - mostly young boys - were killed and more than 5,000 others injured in clashes with security forces. More than 200 civilians have been hit by pellets in their eyes with many of them at the risk of losing eyesight, leading to calls for ending the use of pellet guns as a weapon for crowd control.