Internet services were suspended in Shopian, Kulgam and Chadoora areas while train services between the valley and Jammu's Bannihal town were cancelled. The victims, Owais Ahmad Dar and Muhammad Sayeed Bhat, died after they were hit by pellets during clashes with the security forces in Kakapora and Shopian towns.
Speaking to The Indian Express, IG (Kashmir Zone) Muneer Khan described the killing of Yatoo as a “very big success”. “He was one of the top commanders active here. It was a difficult operation in a place surrounded by orchards and nullahs, but we were successful,” said Khan.
The move by a BJP/RSS front organization to repeal the validity of Article 35-A will lead to adverse consequences are likely to further devastate an already suffering region. Its long-term negative consequences are likely to outlive us all.
Using her party’s 18th raising day rally to send across a rare and stern message to the Centre, Mehbooba Mufti warned that her government would not allow any move to close cross-LoC trade and the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road link.
"Who is doing it? Why are they doing it? (challenging the Article 35A)" she asked as she added candidly, "let me tell you that my party and other parties who carry the national flag there, despite all risks... I have no doubt in saying that no one will hold it if it is tinkered".
The situation in Kashmir Valley was limping back to normalcy, DGP S P Vaid said. Responding to a query that militants were targeting families of policemen in south Kashmir, the DGP said it was their frustration.