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Uneasy calm in Kashmir Valley, death toll rises to 43


SRINAGAR: Uneasy calm prevailed for the second day today in curfew-bound Valley where one more person succumbed to his injuries raising to 43 the death toll in the unrest that erupted on July 8 even as separatists extended the ongoing strike call till July 25.

Local newspapers are also expected to hit the stands tomorrow after suspending publication six days ago over the alleged clampdown by the Government, a claim denied by the state although a senior minister Naeem Akhtar justified the restrictions earlier.

The decision to resume the publications came just hours after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met the editors who called on her here, assuring “independence of media”.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh, who is on a day-long visit to the Valley, reviewed the security situation in Kashmir and appealed to the people to maintain peace while calling for strict vigil along the Line of Control (LoC).

Though the situation in the Valley remained by and large peaceful with no major untoward incident reported from anywhere since yesterday, 56-year-old Ghulam Mohammad Mir, who was injured in a firing incident at Hatmulla in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on July 15, succumbed to his injuries at SMHS hospital here, officials said.

Hailing from Khumriyal village, the deceased was critically injured in the firing which also left a youth dead.

Soon after his death, a group of people staged a peaceful demonstration outside the hospital against the killing.

Curfew remained in force across all 10 districts of Kashmir today with security forces stepping up vigil in view of the call given by separatists for observing a “black day” to protest the recent killings in the Valley.

Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across the Valley for strict implementation of the prohibitory orders, the official said.

He said the situation across the Valley is so far peaceful.

Though there were few minor incidents of stone pelting at four places in Pulwama, Anantnag and Ganderbal districts, the day passed off peacefully in rest of the Valley, the official said.

Meanwhile, normal life remained paralysed for the 12th day today due to separatist-sponsored strike, which has now been extended till July 22.

In a joint statement, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Monday said the shutdown in the Valley will continue till July 22.

However, they have announced a relaxation of half day from 2 PM onwards tomorrow.

The schools and colleges in the Valley continue to remain closed after the government extended the summer vacations till July 25.

Shops, establishments and petrol pumps continued to remain shut, while the Government offices and banks witnessed thin attendance.

Mobile telephony and mobile Internet services also remained shut while newspapers have reported to resume their publication after meeting the Chief Minister.


Sudden jump in infiltration bids in J-K

NEW DELHI :  There has been a sudden jump in infiltration bids by terrorists from across the border in and Kashmir and 54 such “successful” incidents were reported in the first six months this year, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said today.

“There is an increase in infiltration bids by terrorists from across Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir during this year,” he said replying to a written question in Rajya Sabha.

Ahir said there were 90 infiltration attempts till June 30 in comparison to 29 attempts in the corresponding period in 2015.

As many as 54 infiltrations have been successful in the first six months this year in comparison to the corresponding period last year.

The minister said though security forces maintain high level alertness during their duties, still terrorist attacks are hard to mark in advance, that too, precisely on ground.

“Intelligence inputs keep troops vigilant and help them to be in a position to repulse any attack which has been done in the Pampore attack in which both militants were neutralised,” he said.

Replying to another question, the minister said seven terrorist attacks on CRPF personnel have taken place in Kashmir Valley during the current year till July 14 in which 10 CRPF personnel were martyred and 43 personnel sustained injuries.

Three BSF personnel were killed and seven BSF jawans received injuries in different incidents this year.

Some of the terrorists killed have been identified. Terrorists identified comprise both local and foreign ones, he said.

Ahir said the Standard Operating Procedures have been reviewed by Central Armed Police Forces concerned and all field formations in Jammu and Kashmir have been sensitised about the latest modus operandi of militants and threat perception to prevent attacks in future, he said. (AGENCIES)

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