Despite stringent security measures and curfew, fresh violence erupted in Kashmir valley that left five people killed and 15 others injured on August 16, taking the total number of deaths in the violence following terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing to 65.
A police officer said that four protesters were killed in Budgam district and one more in Anantnag.
The protesters were shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans, and threw stones at the security forces in Budgam’s Aripanthan village, some 30 km from Srinagar, in central Kashmir.
The security forces opened fire to bring the situation under control. One person was killed on the spot and three more succumbed to their injuries at a hospital. More than a dozen persons sustained injuries in the incident.
Another protester was killed when security forces fired at an unruly mob who were throwing stones at police and paramilitary troopers in Larkipora village of Anantnag district, some 60 km south of Srinagar.
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A high-level meeting between Home Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Director of Intelligence Bureau, is going on in the wake of the fresh violence.
Last night, one person was killed when security forces opened fire at protesters during clashes in Srinagar’s Batamaloo area.
In her Independence Day speech on August 15, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti appealed for peace in the Valley and reiterated that “dialogue and not guns can help the people of Kashmir.”
Urging people to denounce violence, Ms Mufti said, “If we can’t find our solution in the world’s biggest democracy, we won’t find it anywhere else. We hope that the effort that was incomplete in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s time would now be completed under PM Narendra Modi.”
The clashes between huge mobs and security forces have become a daily affair in the Valley since July 8 leaving at least 5,000 injured, many of them security personnel.
The Valley has been reeling under officially imposed curfew and separatist shutdown that continued for the 39th day in a row on August 16. Police said curfew and restrictions would continue in all the 10 districts of the valley. Separatists have already extended their protest shutdown to August 18.
All educational institutions, shops, public transport and other businesses have remained shut since July 9.