Curfew, separatist shutdown enters 15th day in Kashmir

Curfew, separatist shutdown enters 15th day in Kashmir

Srinagar, July 23 (IANS) Life remained paralysed in the Kashmir Valley as curfew, restrictions and separatists called shutdown continued for the 15th day on Saturday.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to begin his two-day trip to Kashmir on Saturday, marking his second visit this month to the conflict-ridden region.

He first visited on July 2 after eight CRPF troopers were killed by militants in Pampore area of Pulwama district. Singh had also performed the Amarnath Yatra.

The Union Home Minister is scheduled to meet official and public delegations later in the day in an effort to end the impasse brought about in the Valley since July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed along two of its associates in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Official sources said Singh will also visit some areas in south Kashmir affected by the ongoing violence which has claimed 48 lives — 46 civilians and two policemen — so far.

Officials said strict curfew will continue in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts while restrictions will remain in force in the rest of the Valley.


  1. ‘Separatists’… “Hizbul commander’ – report

    I love how our media tries everything possible to sanitize the reality and avoid referring to these guys as ‘terrorists’. The same stenographers are the first ones to use the term ‘saffron terror’ even for simple incidents of fist fights!! One has to really wonder why our media and certain political parties are romantic about anti-indian elements and reluctant to avoid the truth.

  2. When Kashmir is continue to cut-off for PM Modi’s ‘Digital India’ the situation in ‘Gujarat Model’ is not all well.

    In latest Communal clash in Gujarat kills one

    An uneasy calm prevailed on Friday in Gondal city in Gujarat after a communal clash overnight left one person dead and another injured, officials said.

    Police sources said half a dozen persons came menacingly in the city’s Chordi Darwaza area in a black SUV without any registration number and opened indiscriminate fire, injuring one person of another community.

    Acting swiftly, the police chased the black SUV, intercepted it and arrested its five occupants. They were identified as Akshar alias Giri Suryakantbhai Dudhrejia, Rishi Sureshbhai Radadia, Mohit alias Mundo Rameshbhai Sakhiya, Vishal Atmaram Pathkar and Siddhraj Ajaybhai Jadav. A revolver and other weapons were seized, a police official said.

    The mainstream national media would have immediately made ‘breaking news’ with some clip showing Syria or Taliban propaganda videos.

    Jai Hind

  3. Kashmir unrest: These aren’t ‘non-lethal pellet guns’ – they’re shotguns and they can be deadly(Akshay Singh is a cinematographer and has been a junior national-level trap shooter and Government of India-certified “renowned shot”.)

    Even fired from a distance, 12-gauge pump-action shotguns can cause irreversible harm.

    The events in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 have been keenly tracked and debated by the Indian media and of particular concern has been the use of so-called non-lethal pellet guns to control protesters.

    This term for the weapon seems to have been coined by the Indian defence establishment, dished out by officials and accepted wholeheartedly by the media.

    Jai Hind

  4. When misguided youths that are born to irresponsible parents, who allow them to go out and throw stones and missiles at security forces, what do you expect the forces to do? Approach them with bouquets of roses (and plant kisses on their cheeks in Arab style) or fire bullets and tear gas cannisters at them in self defence and to control these elements?

    Thanks God, they are not in China, where their forces would not only have shot and killed them, but removed their organs for transplanting.

  5. Whether, it is India or the people of the FREE world, they should ALL get very tough when dealing with separatist. If they wanted to go Pakistan, then help all of them move and settle there. Perhaps, that would be one last of Indian courtesy’s to show them the door – We don’t want you here.

    Reasoning and appeasement just does not work with fanatics and those who refuse to understand. When the BJP came to power, I was hopeful that the Kashmir problem would be dealt with in a more apt way, but sadly they are no better than the Congress.

  6. Mr. Jay,

    I endorse your comments. because there can be no talks with terrorists. One should be tough and businesslike with them. However, those Kashmiris who are law-abiding citizens should be given all help and support, i.e. financial sops, quality education, loans, jobs, etc.

    For terrorists, there is only one place, i.e. they should be put in the slammer and left there or they can opt to live in Pakistan. They only understand that language.

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