Kashmir: One killed in Pulwama clashes, curfew enters 41st day in Valley

Shabir Ahmad Monga, a contractual lecturer, died when he and several others were beaten up at Khrew late Wednesday night, a police official said.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Updated: August 18, 2016 7:20 pm
Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard near a road roller used as road block by protesters during earlier protests as curfew continues in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. Curfew and protests have continued across the valley amidst outrage over the killing of a top rebel leader by Indian troops in early July, 2016. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin) The imposition of curfew and restrictions has now entered its 41st day. AP Photo

A lecturer was killed and 18 others were injured in clashes between security forces and protesters who were opposing a search operation in Khrew area of Pulwama district in Kashmir where curfew and restrictions remained in force for the 41st day. Shabir Ahmad Monga, a contractual lecturer, died when he and several others were beaten up at Khrew late last night, a police official said. He said 18 other persons, mostly youths, have been admitted to a hospital here.

According to the locals, army conducted house to house searches for the youths who were leading protests in the area late last night which was resisted by the residents of Khrew. In the ensuing clash, 30-year-old Monga died.

An army official said they were collecting details about the incident and will soon issue a statement. Curfew remained in force in entire Srinagar district, Anantnag town and Pampore police station, which includes Khrew area, while restrictions continued on the movement of the people in rest of the Valley.

Normal life has been paralysed in the Valley due to street protests since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8. Heavy deployment of security forces has been carried out in Srinagar city with all roads leading to the local office of United Nations Military Observers Group (UNMOG) at Sonawar sealed.

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The authorities strictly imposed night curfew in the city in view of the separatists’ call for march to the UN office over a 72-hour period beginning on . Schools, colleges and private offices remained closed while public transport remained off the roads due to the strike called by the separatists. The attendance in government offices was thin.

Mobile Internet and mobile telephony services across the valley remained suspended. However, broadband services were restored early this morning after five days. Broadband services and mobile telephone services were snapped Saturday evening. As many as 64 persons including two police personnel have been killed and several thousand injured in the clashes that began on July 9.

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    Arif Muqri
    Aug 18, 2016 at 10:27 am
    shame on army Chief for brutal killing in the Valley . lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;On day he has to pay the price for the crime his jawans are committing.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Rap of women , Killing of youth and litrate people, lootting of ets of valley are the job of Army ?.
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    Sheik Mohamed
    Aug 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm
    The saffronised party and their ally PDP in JandK is not believing in return of normalcy there. Our Home Minister also sheds crocodile tears and lip sympathey to the common men of Kashmiris, who are still being targeted and hared systematically in the name of maintaining law and order/search operation for militants by the security agencies who were utterly failed to stop the infiltration of militants/terrorists from the Pak Border and both the Intelligence service of central and state governments had done nothing except to enjoy the perks, luxurious facilities and to spend the state exchequer's treasure lavishly as they are not accountable for the expenditure to any of the Audits. No sincere efforts were made by both the governments to heal the feelings of Kashmiris and to stop their alienation from the national stream even by the elected representatives of ruling parties and does not have the guts to meet their own people who had given their mandate to rule the state in an appropriate manner.
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      VJ Singh
      Aug 19, 2016 at 4:39 am
      Hawks will only hunt for the weak and its the divisive politics that is ruining relationships everywhere. We need rationalists to be in power and any leader who spreads hatred is a terrorist. Were hi and Frontier hi been alive, things could not have come to p. Confrontation is not the answer.
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        VJ Singh
        Aug 19, 2016 at 4:46 am
        There are a lot of rumours that do not do credit to anyone. Indian Army is one of the most disciplined in the world. Its the politicians who have created the mess. In India they get elected due to divisive politics, in stan they can survive only if they toe the line of the military and who are the most affluent cl among all public servants. Kashmir is not real estate to fight for but has to be a shining example of brotherhood with all. This can be done only if the pseudo religious rabble rousers are arrested and dispatched to special jails where they must learn to live with people of other faiths in harmony before they are allowed to go back to their homes.
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          VJ Singh
          Aug 19, 2016 at 4:49 am
          You may be right to an extent, but why resort to violence when all your demands can be peacefully resolved?
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