Scores injured in fresh clashes in Valley

Scores injured in fresh clashes in Valley

On the boil: At least 20 hurt in protests in Shopian district

Scores injured in fresh clashes in Valley

 Scores of people were injured in fresh clashes across Kashmir on Monday as violence, strike and curfew continued for the 45th day in a row.

Reports said at least 20 people were injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in Ganalpora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district. Witnesses said that security forces, including army men, set ablaze tents, public address system and generator while trying to break up the ‘referendum rally’ of separatists.

In similar clashes, five protesters were injured in Takipora village of Lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Reports of clashes and violence were also received from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district where scores of people have been injured.

At least 30 people with eye and other injuries caused by pellets were admitted to Srinagar’s SMHS hospital till Sunday evening, a span of less than 24 hours, doctors said.

With Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, who is spearheading the ongoing unrest, cautioning people to be prepared for “more hard and harsh days” ahead, there seems to be no end to the violence and curfew.

To counter the protest calendars of separatists led by Geelani, the authorities have imposed harsh curfew throughout the Valley.

Habib Naqash, senior-most photo journalist of Kashmir said, “We have not seen such curbs and curfew even during 1990s when militancy was at its peak.” Security personnel beating or harassing journalists has become a routine in the Valley from the last one week. Even newspaper hawkers are facing tough times as their early morning schedule makes them the first to confront the forces and often face their wrath.

Situation can be resolved politically: SC 

The Supreme Court on Monday said the ongoing crisis in Kashmir can be resolved politically and such issues cannot be managed within judicial parameters, DHNS reports from New Delhi.

A three-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice T S Thakur asked Prof Bhim Singh, leader of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, why he did not accompany the delegation of Opposition leaders that met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the situation. The court asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to help Singh, who sought direction to impose governor's rule in the state, to meet the prime minister.

“There are certain dimensions to the problem that the court cannot decide judicially. These issues find resolution in such meetings, which are happening, like between the Prime Minister and the Opposition, where all stakeholders get to be heard,” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, observed. As Singh contended that the present government, guided by the RSS, may not invite him, the bench remarked, “Don't make a political statement here. You tell us whether you want to go and meet the political leadership or not.”

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