Curfew continues in most parts of Valley for 5th day

Srinagar, July 13: Curfew continued for the fifth day in most parts of the Valley on Wednesday as 34 people died during this period in the vicious cycle of violence that has plagued Kashmir after the killing of Hizbul commander, Burhan Wani.

Despite relative calm in the Valley on Tuesday, clashes occurred between the security forces and unruly mobs at more than three dozen places.

A mob attacked a police station in north Kashmir’s Kralpora town of Kupwara district on Tuesday.

The mob also torched a police vehicle there in which some policemen were trapped.

To save the trapped policemen, security forces opened fire at the mob injuring 14 people. One of the injured later succumbed to bullet injuries — taking the death toll to 34 in recent Valley violence, police sources told mediapersons.

In Awantipora town of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a mob attacked the unguarded house of a police officer severely beating the officer’s wife and daughter.

“The mob also ransacked the house. The mother and daughter have been admitted to hospital for treatment,” a senior police officer said.

Another mob attacked a minority police picket in Tral town of the same district setting fire to the picket.

Policemen at the minority picket barely managed to save their lives and weapons.

In north Kashmir’s Ganderbal town, another unruly mob attacked the local district magistrate (DM) who miraculously escaped unhurt.

The DM had an armed escort of local policemen whom he ordered not to use firearms so that casualties to protesters are avoided.

The DM’s official vehicle was extensively damaged in the incident that occurred barely 200 metres away from the administrative complex in Ganderbal district.

Convoys of Amarnath Yatra bound pilgrims and tourists to and from north Kashmir’s Baltal base camp in Ganderbal district are escorted by mobile escorts and road opening parties (ROPs) for safety.

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