A complete shutdown is being observed in Indian-held Kashmir today (Tuesday) after a separatist group announced a protest against the killing of eight civilians by Indian forces in wake of failed Srinagar elections. Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed to maintain law and order in Srinagar and other places. According to The Huffington Post, train services between the valley and Jammu region’s Bannihal town also remained suspended. Internet services, both on mobile and fixed landline connections, remained shut for the third day on Tuesday.
Indian police on Monday imposed curfew-like curbs on movement of people across several parts of disputed Kashmir, a day after clashes with protesters during a by-election killed eight people and injured more than 200. Separatist factions in Kashmir called for a two-day strike in protest. Their calls to boycott the poll in Srinagar, and the ensuing violence, resulted in voter turnout of a mere 7 percent on Sunday and forced 70 polling stations to shut down.
A policeman was killed and 11 others were injured in a grenade attack in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar. The deceased has been identified as Shamim Ahmad. Militants hurled a grenade around 7 p.m. on a patrol of security personnel. A police spokesman said 11 security personnel, four of them policeman, were injured. The attack took place on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting Jammu and Kashmir.
ISLAMABAD – Director General Inter Services Public Relations, Maj. January Asif Ghafoor Tuesday Said That the terrorists based in Afghanistan had support from hostile agencies including Indian spy agency RAW (Research and Analysis Wing). He Elaborated That Afghanistan itself faced problems and rendered sacrifices in its fight against terrorism adding That Pakistan fully supported Afghanistan.
Restive south Kashmir was seething again after seven people, including four militants and two soldiers, were killed in an encounter in Kulgam, 70 km from Srinagar, on Saturday. Clashes broke out after the news of the killing of the four local militants spread. Eyewitnesses told The Hindu that the security forces “fired into the crowds to break up the fast-spreading protests.” One of the injured civilians, identified as Mushtaq Ibrahim, a resident of Srigufwara, succumbed to injuries at a Srinagar hospital later. According to figures released by two hospitals in south Kashmir, 15 civilians were treated, including 12 with bullet injuries.