The official figures show that in the four districts of south Kashmir – Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama – the epicenter of current protests, more than 1821 civilians have been arrested and more than 500 detained under preventive detention.
While villagers in Hawoora, Mishpura, Redwani and Khudwani alleged that cowsheds, several houses and shops were ransacked by security forces, a police spokesman said “miscreants” were behind the incidents.
The recruitment rally began soon after the state government put out an advertisement for SPOs in the first week of August, when the Valley was witnessing massive protests over the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Infiltration attempts by armed men had been falling steadily for several years before rising sharply this year. As the security setup is focused on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir, a number of militants have crossed over.
For the first time in the Valley, the J&K government, which clamped curfew across Kashmir Tuesday to pre-empt trouble on the streets, barred people from offering Eid prayers at major Sufi shrines, mosques and Idgahs.
Terming the talks with different delegation as “marvelous”, Singh said they met around 30 groups that included “approximately more than 300 people” from different political parties and civil society groups.