February 2017 News

Fresh Clashes Hit Life In Kashmir

15 February 2017
The Hindu
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: Fresh clashes erupted in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday as separatists called for a protest march towards Kulgam where two militants and two civilians were killed during an anti-militancy operation on Sunday. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik were detained in Srinagar to foil the march. Tension gripped downtown Srinagar and parts of south Kashmir, including Kulgam and Pulwama, where protesters clashed with the security forces. The clashes brought life to a standstill. 'The ruling class had torn all democratic norms by banning the movement of the leaders,' said the Mirwaiz. MLA's charge: Meanwhile, independent legislator Engineer Rasheed condemned the authorities for allegedly 'burying the bodies of militants who were killed in the Langate encounter on Tuesday in a remote place'. 'The way the police, the Army and the civil administration have started a new practice of burying unknown militants in jungles without even performing proper rituals is condemnable,' said Mr. Rashid. In another development, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin on Wednesday claimed that the trapped militants in Kulgam 'have successfully reached towards their destination.'