Protests spread to north Kashmir after a youth was killed by security forces in Kupwara district on July 12 even as J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti visited the martyrs graveyard in Old Srinagar to pay her respects to 1931 martyrs the next day.
This incident came at a time when the CM urged for peace and assured to probe into the use of force by police and security personnel.
Normal life has been hit on the fifth consecutive day (July 13) following a strike called by separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. While this was so, the death toll has climbed to 34 in clashes in different areas between protesters and security personnel.
Mobile telephony has been snapped in Kupwara on July 12 and it is partially suspended in four districts of south Kashmir. BSNL is the lone exception; its network was restored days soon after the turmoil.
Meanwhile, Mufti or any other representative from J&K was absent when Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the Kashmir unrest issue with Cabinet members. NSA Ajit Doval, Union ministers Manohar Parrikar, Rajnath Singh and others attended the meeting. National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah targeted the Centre for not inviting any member from J&K to the meeting.
Attacking Mufti for trying to convey a message of normalcy, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said that her government had misplaced priorities.
Stating it was time to reach out to the Valley with a healing touch, Omar tweeted “Hon (Honourable) @narendramodi ji. After Kerala fire you carried a plane load of burn specialists with you. Please send eye/trauma specialists to Kashmir.”