With the Valley showing no signs of an improvement,the bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad was attacked for the second time in two weeks on Thursday,causing heavy damage to the vehicle and a bus that was escorting it.
As protesters again took to the streets defying curfew in the Valley,22 people,including three of a family,were injured in firing by police and CRPF. Four of the injured are critical.
Meanwhile,in the second such attack on the residence of a politician in the past few days in Sopore,the house of National Conferences Sopore MLA Mohammad Ashraf Ganaie was targeted Wednesday evening. A Special Police Officer was killed while two policemen were injured in the attack. Ganaie was not at home at the time.
The NC legislator blamed inadequate security arrangements as the reason for the attack on his house. He said that a number of security personnel guarding him and others facing militant threat have been withdrawn in recent days and deployed to tackle the growing protests in the Valley.
Last week militants had attacked the house of another mainstream leader,Mohammad Abdullah Dar,on the outskirts of Sopore town. Three policemen guarding the house were killed in that attack.
The Caravan-e-Aman Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus came under attack near Sangrama on the Baramulla -Srinagar national highway. Two buses carrying passengers from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir suffered heavy damages. The protesters also targeted the police escort vehicles.
The drivers as well as the two passengers from PoK who were on the buses escaped unhurt.
Last week,stones were pelted at the bus,and a Muzaffarabad resident on his way back home was injured.
Sixteen people were injured when police and CRPF resorted to teargas and lathicharge to disperse protesters at Soura in Srinagar. A man and his daughter and daughter-in-law were injured and are critical. Two persons were wounded in firing at Barzulla,Srinagar,while in Seelo village near Sopore,four persons were wounded,one critically,when RAF fired rubber bullets on protesters.