Kashmir Unrest: Curfew imposed; LeT warns of more violence

Photo credit: Faisal Khan
Kashmir Unrest: 37 persons, including a cop have been killed and 3,100 injured. Photo credit: Faisal Khan

Expecting violence after July 15 prayers that often witnesses congregations, the Jammu and Kashmir government imposed curfew in around 10 districts of the state.

So far, 37 persons, including a cop, have been killed and 3,100 injured in clashes between security forces and unruly mobs.

Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed across J&K for implementation of the curfew. Additional paramilitary troops have been rushed by the Centre to break the ongoing cycle of violence that has hit the normal life.

The Internet and mobile phone services have been suspended in Anantnag, Shopian, Khugam and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir in the past six days. However, officials said, limited mobile phone services will continue on the state-run BSNL in the Valley.

It was believed a small number of mobile phones were kept functional as most of the government and police officials use this service.

Mobs on July 14 torched the house in Bamdora village where Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed by security forces. Eight other houses in the village were also torched by the mobs.

Sporadic clashes continued at more than a dozen places when protesters, defying curfew, pelted stones on security forces. No fresh incident of firing was reported from anywhere in the Valley.

Leaders of separatist groups, both factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, have been placed under house arrest by J&K police in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba Hafiz Saeed has cautioned that violence in Jammu and Kashmir will increase. In an interview on July 13, the brain of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks was speaking about the situation in J&K. He said he will also lead demonstrations in Pakistan to force the government to break relations with the US if it can’t persuade the US to intervene in K-dispute, according to TOI.