J&K protests: Toll climbs to 37


kashmir unrestLife in Jammu and Kashmir has been paralysed for the sixth consecutive day on July 14 due to curfew-like restrictions and separatist-sponsored strike.

The toll has reached 37 after another person succumbed to death in Harnag village, while two other died in Srinagar. Fresh protests erupted, with people throwing stones on J&K police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel at Janglat Mandi, Malaknag, Dailgam and Bijbehara areas of south Kashmir.

So far, 1,600 persons have suffered injuries. More than 100 civilians have received eye injuries, leading to loss of vision in some cases, said sources.

While this was so, the separatists strike threw life out gear in the Valley. Shops, offices, business establishments and petrol pumps continued to be closed down, while government offices and banks were thinly attended.

Public transport was off the roads on July 14, while cars and autos were seen plying in areas which had no restrictions.

Asking Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to join the protests, the separatists said that PM Narendra Modi’s meeting to study the situation had no meaning as the situation in J&K is not a law and order one. Rather, it is more of a human and political one.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthar’s Party patron Bhim Singh had called for an imposition of Governor’s rule in the state under Section 92 of the J&K Constitution. This is necessary to quell the protests, leading to relief for the people, he said.