Day 15: No break in curfew, separatist shutdown in Kashmir
As the authorities continued to impose curfew and separatists its shutdown, life remained paralysed in the Kashmir Valley on Friday.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a bid to calm down tension, will begin his two-day trip to Kashmir on Saturday, marking his second visit this month to the conflict-ridden region.
The union minister first visited on July 2 after eight CRPF troopers were killed by militants in Pampore area of Pulwama district. Singh had also performed the Amarnath Yatra.
The Union Home Minister is scheduled to meet official and public delegations later in the day in an effort to end the impasse brought about in the Valley since July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed along two of its associates in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Official sources said Singh will also visit some areas in south Kashmir affected by the ongoing violence which has claimed 48 lives — 46 civilians and two policemen — so far.
Officials said strict curfew will continue in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts while restrictions will remain in force in the rest of the Valley.