No cops in four South Kashmir districts as protests rage

SRINAGAR: Four districts of south Kashmir — Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag — have descended into anarchy with hundreds and thousands holding ‘azadi’ rallies almost daily in absence of an effective police force. Out of 36 police stations in these districts, only three —one each in Pulwama, Rajpora and Awantipora — are functioning with any semblance of efficacy.

Barring these, all cops have evacuated police stations since frenzied mobs began their attacks, setting a number of these ablaze. Sources said the police department has “for the time being” shut down dozens of police stations. Most have turned into empty shells now guarded by the Army and CRPF.