Violence continues on 4th consecutive day in J&K; toll goes up to 31

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Stone Pelting In Down Town_001Curfew-like restrictions were clamped over the state of Jammu and Kashmir for the fourth consecutive day on July 12 following angry protests over the killing of a terrorist on July 8.

Thirty-one persons, including one cop, have been killed ever since the large-scale violence started in the Valley following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

While more than 1,300 people have been injured in the violence, more than 250 have been referred to hospitals in Srinagar for treatment of their injuries.

At the same time, separatists have extended their call for a shutdown by two more days till July 13.

According to police, curfew shall continue to be clamped in Srinagar, Badgan, Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama districts and Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Bandipora towns. Internet and cell phone services have been suspended in Anantnag, Kulgam and Pulwama districts, said police.

While this was so, protesters are hampering movement of security forces  to maintain law and order by erecting blockades in the form of huge trees, tyres, electric poles among others. So now the security forces are going about in night-time to clear a particular area for smooth movement of vehicles.

The Amaranth Yatra, which was suspended for two days, resumed. As many as 300 vehicles carrying pilgrims entered J&K on July 11 night. The pilgrims have reached the Baltal base camp safely. The Yatra vehicles moved in the evening after security forces cleared temporary blockades, erected by protesters.

Protesters entered four police stations and pickets and looted 40 weapons, including AK-47 rifles, one light machine gun, magazines and several rounds of ammunition.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 12 to chair a high-level meeting to review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir where violence has escalated in last four days which has claimed 31 lives, including cops.

Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Manohar Parrikar, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Jitendra Singh and NSA Ajit Doval and others attended

Following the situation, Rajnath Singh also postponed his visit to the US for to attend Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue scheduled for next week.