- Protests, clashes persist as unrest completes month
- 92 injured in forces’ action in Langate, 5 receive pellet injuries
- People launch sanitation, cleanliness drives
- Life remains crippled by curbs, shutdown
- Shops open during relaxation in shutdown in some areas
A youth identified as Amir Lone a resident of Seedaw area of Shopian succumbed to his injures on Monday morning at SKIMS Hospital, Srinagar. Amir was injured in clashes on 29 July. With this death, the death toll so far has reached to 58 in the violent clashes that erupted after the killing of Commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
Protests and clashes persisted in Kashmir as the unrest triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani entered second month while curfew, restrictions and shutdown remained in force across the valley for 30th consecutive day on Sunday.
People in many parts of Valley launched sanitation and cleanliness drives while shopkeepers opened their shops at many places including Srinagar in the evening during relaxation in shutdown announced by the separatist leaders.
The curfew remained in force in six police station of Srinagar including Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharajgunj and Batamaloo.
Curfew and restrictions also remained in force in Sopore, Wagura, Kreeri, Chadoora and Khansahib, Kupwara, Handwara, Langate and parts of South Kashmir.
In areas, where restrictions were not in force, shutdown called by the separatists paralysed life. All shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and private offices remained closed while public transport was off the roads.
Due to curbs imposed by authorities and shutdown called by separatists, life remained crippled for 30th consecutive day in Valley on Sunday.
Mobile internet services also remained snapped in the entire Valley. The outgoing facility on all prepaid connections across the valley is also barred for over a month.
At least 57 people including two policemen have been killed and over 6000 civilians injured during the ongoing unrest in the Valley triggered by killing of Burhan.
Meanwhile, defying curfew and restrictions, youth at many places in the Valley today took to roads and staged anti-India demonstrations. The protestors clashed with the police and CRPF men, who fired tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse them.
At many places in the Valley, people especially youth, launched sanitation and cleanliness drives to clear the garbage from the roads.
The youth also cleaned sewers in many parts of the Valley.
The separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called on people to launch sanitation drives.
At least six youth were injured in clashes between youth and police and CRPF men at Rainawari area of downtown Srinagar this evening.
The cops fired tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse the stone pelting youth.
The youth had taken to roads to protest the excesses committed by the police and CRPF men.
The locals alleged that the force personnel broke windowpanes of several houses in Zoji Lanker and adjoining areas and beat many residents.
Many people were injured when clashes broke out in Anantnag area after force personnel stopped people from holding a pro-freedom rally.
Massive clashes took place between force personnel and protestors in Langate area of border district of Kupwara. The cops fired dozens of tear smoke shells, pellets and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse the protestors, who pelted stones on them.
92 people were injured in the forces action. At least five of the injured had suffered pellet injuries and were referred to SMHS hospital for specialized treatment.
The situation in the area remained tense after the forces action.
The protests were also held at many places in Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Pulwama districts in south Kashmir.
Clashes also broke out between protestors and cops in Waterhail area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. The protestors pelted stones on Police post Waterhail with stones and bricks and the cops fired dozens of tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse them. The clashes continued for about an hour during which many people were injured.
Clashes also took place in Hardupanzoo area in Arizal, Beerwah, where protesters earlier tried to attack a CRPF camp with stones.
The Budgam has been tense after two civilians were shot dead by force personnel at two different places in the Central Kashmir district on last Friday.
Clashes also erupted between angry youth and cops in Sopore, Kreeri and Botangoo despite curfew and restrictions.
People in Batengoo area of Sopore took out a peaceful rally. The protestors chanted pro-freedom, pro-Islamic and anti-India slogans.
In Srinagar and other parts of the Valley, pro-Azadi, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans reverberated from mosques as people continued to protest against the civilian killings.
In the evening, clashes broke in many parts of downtown Srinagar, Sopore, Bandipora and Baramulla.
The shopkeepers at many places in Valley including Srinagar opened their shops in the evening after relaxation in shutdown from 6 pm announced by the separatist leaders.
It was a festive look in Srinagar with shoppers thronging the shops to purchase goods.
People were seen purchasing essentials and bakery.
Similar scenes were also witnessed in other areas of Kashmir.
The separatist leaders have extended the shutdown call till August 12. They, however, have announced relaxation in shutdown from 6 on alternate days.
The separatist leaders have asked the people to follow their “protest calendar”.
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