Kashmir violence: Toll reaches 11, curfew imposed

Kashmir violence: Toll reaches 11, curfew imposed

Srinagar, July 10 (IANS) Curfew was imposed in Kashmir Valley on Sunday to maintain the law and order situation after 11 protesters were killed in violent clashes with security forces on Saturday, officials said.

Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Asgar Hussain Samoon told reporters that curfew has been imposed in the entire valley from midnight to maintain law and order. He also appealed to the people to help authorities maintain peace.

The toll in bloody clashes between violent protesters and the security forces reached 11 after another injured succumbed to critical injuries in the hospital on Saturday.

The protesters who died in clashes on Saturday following the killing of top Hizbul commander Burhan Wani include Adil Bashir of Dooru Anantnag, Danish Ayub of Achabal Anantnag, Abdul Hamid Moochi of Arwani Anantnag, Khurshid Ahmad of Harwat Kulgam, Jahangir Ganai of Bijbehara Anantnag, Azad Hussain of Shopian, Aijaz Ahmad Thokru of Siligam Anantnag, Ashraf Dar of Kokernag Anantnag, Showkat Ahmad of Bijbehara Anantnag, Haseeb Ahmad of Khanabal Anantnag and Saqib Mir of Achabal Anantnag.

Additional Director General (CID) S.M. Sahai and Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) Syed Javid Mujtaba Gilani told reporters that the violent mob on Saturday burnt four police stations, two minority police pickets and office of the tehsildar.

Besides, there were two incidents of weapon snatching and torching of several vehicles of the security forces.

The top police officers said three policemen were missing and 96 security personnel have been injured in Saturday’s clashes.

The number of civilian protesters injured is said to be at least 100 which include those suffered bullet, tear smoke and pellet injuries.

Violence erupted spontaneously in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam and later spread to other districts in the valley after security forces killed top Hizbul commander Burhan Wani and two of his associates in Bamdoora (Kokarnag) village of Anantnag district on Friday.

Wani was buried in his native Shariefabad (Tral) village on Saturday where nearly 40,000 people gathered defying curfew restrictions to attend his funeral prayers.

The separatists have called for a valley-wide shutdown till Monday against Wani’s killing.

The state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti would meet in Srinagar on Sunday to deliberate on measures to ensure the law and order situation does not go out of hand and things are brought under control quickly.


  1. Indian security forces kill an anti-Indian rat trained by Pakistan and the entire kasmir valley erupts in protest? We were repeatedly told by stenographers in media and secular parties that extremists are only a tiny percentage of population!! What happened? This report clearly shows how majority of this community seems to be either supporting or very sympathetic towards pro-Pakistan terrorists!! I don’t think these are Kashmiri pandits or Catholics!! Why are we afraid to acknowledge the truth and openly discuss it? Is it too inconvenient for ‘secular’ parties?

  2. Here are some of the responses from individuals highly respected by anti-RSS illiterates on this forum!!

    – Rajadeepa Saradesai has compared this guy to Bhagat Singh in his twitter account!!
    – Bakara Dutta called him a commander who used ‘social media’ as a weapon of war!! (no mention of guns he carried!!!)
    – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed its deep condolences
    – Umar Khalid of JNU (remember him?) calls this rat a ‘revolutionary’

  3. In the 1980s, I used to meet a Kashmiri (from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) and he was a nice bloke and I used to have interesting discussions with him.

    He told me that compared to P.O.K., Jammu & Kashmir was much more developed at that period in time and today, I reckon, the gap must be quite yawning. Further, he told me that he had relations in J&K and he used to cross the border to meet them at will and random, as the border was porous. Today, with the heightened tensions and security, it may not be very difficult and perilous to cross the border.

    I am not in favour of any civil government in Jammu & Kashmir, as Chief Ministers’ (and their Governments’) loyalties are very suspect and they are corrupt too. The State should be kept under a Governor, who knows the topography and other details of the State and is advised by both a serving or retired General and also bureaucrats.

    The problem with netas is that they compromise themselves by being cosy with or seeking favours with characters like Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi (and others) and coddling with evalgelist preachers like Dr. Zakir Naik and others and, therefore, not able to take effective action. Dr. Zakir Naik was spewing his venom in his speeches for 10 years and collecting monies from everywhere and the Indian intelligence agencies and governments of the day were sleeping. Many countries have barred Dr. Zakir Naik and, here in India, he is coddled by people like Digvijay Singh, Sree Sree Ravi Shankar and, who knows, who else.

    I very much doubt if Dr. Zakir Naik will come to Bombay, being aware of the consequences and treatment that he will have to face in India, because of the eruptions he is involved in Bangladesh. I do not know whether his family is in India or he will invite them over to Saudi Arabia, where he will continue his activities wearing a thobe and gutra and carrying in his hands the worry beads that many Saudis always carry and keep on fiddling around. I also understand his wife is also very active in his evangelical work.

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