Ra­j­nath in Kash­mir, vi­o­lence flares up

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Toufiq Rashid let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A pro­tester was killed and about 30 peo­ple, in­clud­ing three of­fi­cers of Jammu and Kash­mir po­lice, were wounded on Wed­nes­day as vi­o­lence flared up dur­ing Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh’s visit to the restive state.

Kash­mir Val­ley has been on the edge since the killing of Hizbul Mu­jahideen com­man­der Burhan Wani on July 8, which trig­gered wide­spread unrest and prompted an in­tense se­cu­rity crack­down.

The Val­ley is un­der cur­few for a record 47 days and 68 peo­ple have been killed and thou­sands wounded in vi­o­lent street protests. Home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh with J&K deputy CM Nir­mal Ku­mar Singh at Sri­na­gar air­port on Wed­nes­day. Home min­is­ter Singh dashed to Sri­na­gar on Wed­nes­day for a two-day visit, his sec­ond in a month, as the Cen­tre and state gov­ern­ment strug­gled to bring peace to the strife-torn Val­ley.

He met a po­lit­i­cal del­e­ga­tion as the Cen­tre stepped up ef­forts to end the vi­o­lence.

But protests con­tin­ued on the streets, es­pe­cially in south Kash­mir’s Pul­wama district. Amir Ah­mad Mir, a 20-year-old from Rat­ni­pora, was killed and at least 30 peo­ple were wounded in clashes with se­cu­rity forces who tried to stop a rally around 4am.

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