Rajnath in Kashmir, violence flares up
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.