Jammu: One person was killed when security forces opened fire at protesters after clashes with them in Srinagar’s Batamaloo area this evening. Following the civilian’s death, more clashes took place in the downtown area of Srinagar. Earlier today, a youth who was injured in firing by security forces at Tangmarg two days ago, died in hospital.
With these deaths the number of civilians killed in firing by security forces in the last 38 days of the unrest in Kashmir valley has risen to 60. More than 5,000 have been injured in clashes and firing by the security forces. More than 400 injured civilians including children have received pellet injuries in their eyes and most of them may lose their eyesight partially or completely.
The unrest started after the death of 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani who was killed by security forces on July 8. Since then Kashmir is under lockdown, curfew and restriction. Security was tightened even more with separatists urging people to observe a “black day” today.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, addressing the state on India’s 70th Independence Day today, appealed for peace in the valley and reiterated that dialogue and not guns can help the people of Kashmir.
Urging people to denounce violence in the Valley, 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.”