Fresh violence erupts in Kashmir

Valley on the boil: 1 killed and more than 100 injured in clashes

Fresh violence erupts in Kashmir

One civilian was killed and more than 100 were injured in fresh violence on Friday as authorities reimposed curfew and restrictions across the Kashmir Valley to prevent people from marching towards Eidgah in the old city of Srinagar on the call of separatists.

Reports said a youth was killed, while over 20 were injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in Pulwama district after Friday congregation prayers. In Shopian and Anantnag districts, fresh clashes left scores of people injured. At least 30 protesters were injured in highway towns of Pattan, Pallahan and Hygam in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.   

Witnesses said clashes broke out after security forces intercepted protest rallies of hundreds of people who were heading towards the national highway. Youths and security personnel clashed at several places in the Valley.

A six-year-old boy was among 50 people injured in daylong clashes in Sopore and Handwara towns. The boy was hit by pellets in Handwara.

In Srinagar, separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had asked people to march towards Eidgah for an “azadi” rally and to offer joint congregational prayers there.

Geelani and Mirwaiz, who are under house arrest since the violence broke out on July 9, defied restrictions and came out of their homes to march towards Eidgah. However, the police stopped them and took them away.

The authorities imposed curfew and blocked all entry points to Hazratbal to prevent the protest march to Eidgah.

In Srinagar, curfew was reimposed to scuttle the separatists march. Curfew was relaxed in most areas of Srinagar on Tuesday. This had resulted in movement of people and vehicles in the last three days,

For the seventh consecutive on Friday, the authorities did not allow congregation prayers in Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid. On Thursday evening, a Tata Sumo vehicle was set on fire by protesters at Nowshehra area in the old city. The vehicle was carrying equipment of a cellular company.

All-party delegation likely to visit J&K

An all-party delegation is likely to visit violence-hit Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of September, DHNS reports from New Delhi.

The move comes a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Srinagar that he had asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to make arrangements for the visit of the leaders from all parties.

The opposition parties, especially the Left parties, had demanded that the Centre should organise a visit of the all-party delegation to the Kashmir valley.

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