September 2016 News

Kashmir: Toll From Protests Rises To 85 As Another Youth Dies From Injuries

16 September 2016
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: The death toll from the violence in Kashmir rose to 85 with a youth succumbing to his injuries on Friday, leading to curfew being reimposed in many parts of the Valley. Normal life remained paralysed for a 70th consecutive day after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in July sparked protests and led to locals clashing with security forces. Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps remained shut while public transport was off the roads. Basit Mukhtar, who was injured by a tear gas shell on September 5 in south Kashmir's Pulwama, died at a hospital on Friday, a day after 25-year-old Rasiq Ahmad Bhat died from his injuries sustained on the same day as Mukhtar. Separatists on Friday issued their new weekly protest calendar, calling for a harsher movement than the previous weeks, saying there would be no relaxation in the protest shut down. In the previous weeks, the separatists had allowed markets to open from 6 pm to 6 am. The Separatists call comes a day after the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s Lok Sabha member, Tariq Hamid Karra, resigned from all party posts. The party didn't take too kindly of Karra's decision, accusing him a 'back-stabbing' them. 'He has back-stabbed the party at a time when there was a need to strengthen the government and the Chief Minister,' education minister and government spokesman Naeem Akhtar told PTI. He said Karra, who quit over the government's handling of the ongoing unrest and PDP's alliance with the BJP, had been elected on 'our agenda and our ticket' and hence should not have taken such a decision. The BJP-led NDA recently sent an all-party delegation that attempted to speak to the separatists, but were met with closed doors.