Kashmir unrest after Burhan Wani’s death: Police vehicle pushes into Jhelum; 17 dead

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Curfew was imposed in Kashmir Valley on Sunday due to violent protests against killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

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The death toll in violence in Kashmir Valley on Sunday rose to 17 after a youth was killed and four other persons succumbed to the injuries they sustained in Saturday’s clashes with security forces. Also, a cop died when angry mob pushed the police vehicle into Jhelum.

Additional Director General (CID) S.M. Sahai and Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) Syed Javid Mujtaba Gilani said that the violent mob on Saturday burnt four police stations, two minority police pickets and office of the tehsildar.

Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Asgar Hussain Samoon told that curfew has been imposed in the entire valley from midnight to maintain law and order. He also appealed to the people to help authorities maintain peace.

An 18-year-old youth was critically injured in clashes between protestors and security forces at Newa in Pulwama this morning, a police official said.

Irfan Ahmad Malik was rushed to SMHS hospital here but succumbed to his injuries, he said.

Four persons who were injured in the violent clashes on Saturday succumbed to injuries during the night, the official said.

Violent protests broke out in most parts of Kashmir — with the south districts of Pulwama, Anantnag and Kulgam being the worst hit.

Shops, private offices, business establishments and petrol pumps were shut, while government offices and banks witnessed thin attendance, the officials said.

They said public transport was completely off the roads, while cars and auto-rickshaws were seen plying at few places where there were no restrictions.

Educational institutions in the Valley were closed on account of the ongoing summer vacations.

Meanwhile, Central University of Kashmir (CUK), Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) and Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) have postponed the examinations due to the prevailing situation in the Valley.

Expressing surprise for the soaring protests in Jammu and Kashmir over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, the Centre on Sunday said that how can any Indian have sympathy for a terrorist and asserted that it would not tolerate such sentiments and activities.

“We are really surprised that some people are trying to support those so called protestors who are sympathising with the terrorist. He is a Hizbul Mujahideen commander. How can any Indian have sympathy for such people? And as far as the government is concerned, we are very clear that we will not tolerate such activities,” Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told the media in Bengaluru.

“Kashmir is an integral part of India. There is no question of any negotiation or any discussion on that. But you cannot have an overnight or readymade solution for such a long standing issue,” he said.

Earlier on Sunday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in the valley. Home Secretary Anil Goswami, Joint Secretary (Kashmir division) Gyanesh Kumar, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief Dineshwar Sharma and senior Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) officials were present at the meeting held at Rajnath’s residence.