At least 21 people, including Jammu and Kashmir police personnel, have been killed during clashes between the security forces and protestors in the last 48 hours in Kashmir. More than 200 people have been injured, and are admitted to various hospitals in the state.
All the 10 districts of the Valley have been put under curfew by the state government after violence escalated in the last 24 hours. The clashes broke out after a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani also called the ‘poster boy of militancy’ in Kashmir, was killed by the security forces on Friday.
The Valley has been on edge since Burhan’s killing, with angry protestors defying restrictions and fighting pitched battles with the security forces on Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of people attended Burhan’s funeral in Tral town on Saturday.
The violence spread from South Kashmir to the summer capital, Srinagar, after a youth from Tengpora in the Batamaloo locality of the city was killed on Sunday.
Over 5,000 pilgrims, who were scheduled to visit the holy Amarnath shrine at Pahalgam in South Kashmir, were stranded in Jammu as the pilgrimage was temporarily suspended.The Yatra has been now resumed, the Indian Express reported.
On Sunday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti regarding the prevailing situation in Kashmir and assured all the central assistance to her.
J&K’s Education Minister and spokesperson of the state government, Naeem Akhter, addressed a press conference on Sunday. He appealed to the separatists and the mainstream political parties to rise above differences and help restore peace in the Valley.
Hardline separatist leader and Chairman, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, urged the angry protesters to refrain from attacking police stations and damaging public property.
Four police stations have been set on fire so far and 40 government offices attacked, the NDTV reported.
Meanwhile, the former J&K Chief Minister and Opposition leader, Omar Abdullah, questioned Mufti’s silence on the situation in Kashmir.
“Dear MehboobaMufti We in @JKNC_ are always ready to contribute towards maintaining peace but you must take the lead & show the way,” Abdullah said