Once, she was the face of PDP’as ‘healing touch’, combining a politics of compassion with strident dissent of New Delhi. 50 people are dead and houses across Kashmir are mourning. Mehbooba would have wanted to be in the Opposition today. But she is the Chief Minister.
Once the police station of Damhal Hanjipora, or DH Pora, this is now a grim reminder of the rage that erupted over the last two weeks in Kashmir, following the killing of militant Burhan Wani on July 8.
In the district hospital at Anantnag town, where curfew has been in place for a week, are glimpses of what happened since last Friday, when protests erupted in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
In a clear indication that no one in the security establishment is taking any chances given the volatility on the street, a senior official said that security has been strengthened at Dara Shikoh park, where PDP patriarch Mufti Mohammad Sayeed lies buried.
The main opposition National Conference has described it as an “infringement” on the state’s “special status and autonomy”, and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has criticised the Supreme Court for going beyond its purview to uphold NEET in J&K.