Death toll in Kashmir clashes rises to 23
Srinagar: The death toll in the clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir has risen to 23 and curfew-like restrictions continued today across many districts in the Kashmir valley and parts of Srinagar following the killing of the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter on Friday.
Due to the separatists’ sponsored strike, shops, private offices, business establishments continued to remain shut and thin attendance was being reported in government offices and banks.
Two persons died in a violent incident in Kulgam district yesterday. Those killed have been identified as Feroze Ahmad Mir (22) and Khursheed Ahmad Mir (38). It is repirted that more than 250 persons have been injured in the violence and the situation continues to remain tense across the Valley.
Most of the separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, are either in custody or under house arrest.
Mobile internet service of all Cellular companies remained suspended in the Kashmir valley due to the two-day strike call by separatist organisations. While the Amarnath yatra from Jammu remained suspended for the third day today on security grounds, about 1300 pilgrims left base camps in the valley for the holy Amarnath cave shrine early this morning.
The weekly service of Karvan-e-Aman bus between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) remained cancelled even today.