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Kashmir Violence: Curfew in the state continues for the Ninth Day

The death toll in the ongoing violence reached 41 after an unruly mob torched a police picket in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on July 16

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  • The death toll in the ongoing violence reached 41 after an unruly mob torched a police picket in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday
  • State government officials said newspaper owners were asked to suspend publications till July 19
  • The shutdown in the Valley started on July 9 following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani in a gunfight with the security forces on July 8

Strict curfew continued for the 9th day in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday, police said. “Curfew shall continue in all the ten districts of the Valley,” a senior police official said.

“Security forces have been instructed to allow movement of patients along with their attendants.”

Curfew continues in Kashmir for ninth day. Image Source: AFP
Curfew continues in Kashmir for ninth day. Image Source: AFP

“People going to the airport will not face any hardship as air tickets were being treated as curfew passes,” the official added.

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The death toll in the ongoing violence reached 41 after an unruly mob torched a police picket in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday. Police opened fire at the mob resulting in the death of a youth.

All vernacular and English dailies suspended publication for the second day on Sunday.

Press publication banned in Kashmir till 19th July. Image Source: muslimmirror.com
Press publication banned in Kashmir till 19th July. Image Source: muslimmirror.com

State government officials said newspaper owners were asked to suspend publications till July 19.

Cable television operations were allowed on Saturday evening after remaining suspended for a day.

The resumption of cable television operations was allowed after the operators agreed to take off all Pakistani TV channels and two private Indian channels.

Mobile phone internet and call operations remained suspended in south Kashmir areas for the eighth day while the same remained suspended for the second day in central and north Kashmir areas on Sunday.

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Mobile phone operations without any internet facility are, however, continuing on post-paid mobile phones provided by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

Train services between north Kashmir Baramulla and Bannihal town in the Jammu region also remained suspended.

All recruitment interviews scheduled for the next four days have been cancelled by the state public service commission (PSC).

All schools, colleges and universities in the Valley were also shut down.

Senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah and others have been either placed under house arrest or taken into preventive custody to restrain them from participating in protests.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Image Source: www.youtube.com
Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Image Source: www.youtube.com

Separatists have appealed the people to continue the shutdown till Monday.

The shutdown in the Valley started on July 9 following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani in a gunfight with the security forces on July 8. (IANS)

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The Plight Of Kashmir’s Pandits

The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Dozens of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday paid homage to civilians, Army men and their community members killed since 1989 and said the plight of Pandits still continues.

For 28 years, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been observing September 14 as ‘Martyrs’ Day-Balidan Diwas’ at B.K. Ganjoo memorial park in Central Delhi.

United Kingdom-based activist Shafalica Bhan Kotwal who has been fighting for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, said: “There is no major change in the lives of Kashmir Pandits, their plight still continues despite Bharatiya Janata Party being in power.

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“Most of them were thrown out of their homes. They are living in pathetic conditions in shelter homes with no basic facilities.”

She said the community was once accustomed to living in minus 17 degrees Celsius. “Their families are now living in the hostile Jammu weather,” she added.

The son of Kasmiri Pandits’ leader Tika Lal Taploo, Ashutosh Taploo, was at the meeting. He said: “My father was killed not just because he was a Pandit..because he was looked as the Hindu community leader.”

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Taploo said his father was the first Pandit to have fallen to terrorist bullets in the Valley.

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“Till today no government has brought any major change in Pandits’ lives, the atrocities we experienced and psychological trauma we suffered is fresh” he said.

In a statement calling for justice to “victims of terrorism,” the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. (IANS)