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India J&K Police Given Shoot-at-sight Orders In Srinagar


Amid spiralling violence, shoot-at-sight orders were issued by the police in curfew-bound Srinagar [ Images ] on Tuesday, as three more people were killed in firing by security forces on violent protesters who defied restrictions and clashed with them in the Kashmir Valley.

The shoot-at-sight orders were announced through public address systems fitted in police vans in areas of Dal Gate, Residency Road and All India [ Images ] Radio Crossing in the city, the police said.

Protesters defied curfew restrictions in Srinagar, Budgam, Bandipora, Awantipora, Kulgam and Baramulla and indulged in heavy stone pelting on security personnel.

They attacked public and police properties at a number of places, a police spokesman said.

"Security forces had to open fire for self defence and for dispersal of mobs at few places, in which three persons have lost their lives and a number of police and Central Reserve Police Force men got injured," he said.

Meanwhile, Riyaz Ahmad Bhat, who was injured in firing in Khrew on August 1, succumbed to injuries in SKIMS hospital, police said. With four more deaths, the toll since last Friday has gone up to 26.

Residents of Qamarwari took out a procession this morning. Police and paramilitary forces tried to disperse them but when the mob refused, they opened fire killing 25-year-old Mehraj Ahmed Lone and injuring three others, the police said.

In another incident in Eidgah area of the city, security forces fired at a violent group killing a person identified as Anees Khurshid, they said.

In Kulgam, one person, who is yet to be identified, was also killed in police firing, they said.

A large group of protesters took out a procession from Jama Masjid towards Eidgah here. Another group started off from Kanikadal. The CRPF opened when the group turned violent after reaching Karfali Mohalla, Fatehkadal, they said.

However, there were no immediate reports of any causality.

Later, the protesters tried to reassemble with residents from Nawa bazar, Kaachgari, Fatehkadal and Lal Bazar joining it but were chased away by security personnel.

Two migrant houses and the old Naib Tehsildar office were set on fire in Bomie in Sopore. The police post in Bomie was also attacked, the police spokesman said.

In Frisal Sherpora of Kulgam, a police post was set on fire and houses of a policeman and a special police officer were torched by rampaging mobs, he said.

Security forces hurled tear gas shells and used batons when the protesters did not heed to warnings to stop the stone pelting.

Notwithstanding the curfew, people in some areas of old Srinagar city offered afternoon prayers on roads.

Curfew remained in force in all the ten districts in the Valley.

Protests also spread to Jammu region's Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar districts as people held anti-government demonstrations and blocked Jammu-Srinagar National Highway over deaths in firing by security forces in the Valley.

A group of people gathered on the highway at Banihal and held demonstrations, official sources said.

They blocked the highway and pelted stones on a few vehicles disrupting traffic. As a result of the blockade, hundreds of vehicles were stranded at various places on the highway.

The demonstrations were also held in Kishtwar and Doda districts. There was also a shut down in three towns of Kishtwar, Bhaderwah and Banihal of Jammu region in support of Kashmiri protesters.

Meanwhile, the Central government has decided to send nearly 2000 paramilitary force personnel to the Valley while another 3,200, currently based in the state, will be redeployed in trouble-torn areas.

The additional forces are being sent following a request from Jammu and Kashmir [ Images ] Chief Minister Omar Abdullah [ Images ] to the Centre to help tackle the situation in the Valley, which has been hit by a fresh wave of protests, official sources said.

They said 19 companies (1,900 personnel) of Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces will reach Kashmir Valley within a day or two from outside the state.

32 companies (3,200 personnel) currently posted in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir will be redeployed in the trouble-torn districts of Kashmir.

Seven persons were killed yesterday as police opened fire to disperse the mobs who defied curfew and attacked police stations and CRPF camps in the Valley.

As violence escalated in Kashmir, Omar had chaired a meeting of the Unified Command here on Monday and reviewed the measures in place to tackle the situation.


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You are right Kanwardeep Singh ji

There has been news of escalation for several days now. Thanks for deciding this was important enough to report.


You are right Kanwardeep Singh ji

There has been news of escalation for several days now. Thanks for deciding this was important enough to report.

Last year Kashmiris overwhelmingly Participated in state elections and elected omar abdullah as chief minister.Everybody thought that normal circumstances may return in Kahsmir now.But this year everything changed after some deaths of innocent youths.Situation is exactly like what was in Bangladesh.If at this point Pakistani army attack Kashmir then they will receive full support but they will never do that because of USA


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Kanwardeep Singh ji

I might be a good idea to post a few stories about the youth who were killed. There is one article from last week about Sikh youth who were terrorized.

We probably do not have enough background posted and should do that because this problem is getting much worse by the day.


Kanwardeep Singh ji

I might be a good idea to post a few stories about the youth who were killed. There is one article from last week about Sikh youth who were terrorized.

We probably do not have enough background posted and should do that because this problem is getting much worse by the day.

Yes it is a good idea but the stories should be from non biased media.There are lots of pakistani and kashmiri blogs and they will add spices to stories and Indian media will not publish full report only giving Indian point of view


Here is one story but it is from 2008

The Muslim-dominated Kashmir valley has been beset with violence as Indian security forces confront huge rallies by Kashmiris calling for independence from India. The BBC's Soutik Biswas in Srinagar speaks to families and friends of some of the victims.

In a picture taken on a mobile phone 10 days before his death, 25-year-old Imran Ahmed Wani fixes a shy gaze at the camera with a disarming smile.

As his friends tell it, Imran was an average young Kashmiri man, working hard, playing cricket, and watching Bollywood films.

He also exemplified those in the region's new generation, trying to make the best of opportunities thrown up by a modest economic boom during the years of relative calm since Indian and Pakistan signed a ceasefire in Kashmir.

Imran Ahmed Wani - 10 days before his death

Imran recently quit his job as a field officer with a mobile telephone service company to work as a building contractor in his hometown, Srinagar, which has seen a frenzied real estate boom.

His sisters were on their way to what looked like promising careers: Aniza, 27, had begun work as an engineer in the irrigation department; and 22-year-old Shabila, was working as an accountant.

In his middle-class Baghibehtab neighbourhood, Imran's big ambition was to finish constructing the family home.

All that was before 13 August, when Imran died, shot in the chest by Indian security forces. He joined some 26 others who were shot dead as the forces battled to restore order in the troubled Muslim majority Kashmir valley.

What began as a reaction to a controversial row over transfer of land to a Hindu trust has now snowballed into a fully-fledged nationalist uprising in the valley.

There have been massive rallies calling for independence from India

"Look at the bricks, look at the stone chips. These are the last things he bought," says his friend, Sheikh Suhail, 24, standing on the dusty second storey of the house.

Two unfinished rooms, some bricks, a heap of stone chips - that's what are left of the last memories of his friend.

"He was a sportsman, he was a good worker. He was never interested in politics. But he had to die," says Suhail, his eyes welling up.

Why did Imran Ahmed Wani die?

Truth in Kashmir is often subjective - it is home to a conflict which is, as foreign policy analyst Stephen Cohen says, "a clash between identities, imagination, and history as it is a conflict over territory, resources and peoples".

Shots rang out

Imran's friends and family say that he was standing on the side of the main road that skirts their neighbourhood. He was watching retreating protesters who were being chased by soldiers.

Then the shots rang out and Imran slumped. He lay on the road bleeding till an ambulance arrived.

Sheikh Suhail and a few others dragged him inside the ambulance. On the way, they say, it was stopped by more troops, its passengers hit by them, and only then allowed to proceed. Imran had bled to death by the time he reached the hospital.

Imran's friends show local newspaper photographs of the ambulance surrounded by security forces - it is obvious that there is a scuffle going on - with the dying man's legs dangling outside the vehicle.

The security forces tell a different story.

A spokesman for the federal paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force, Prabhakar Tripathi, says that its soldiers retaliated after somebody in the mob had fired on them.

And no, he insists, the forces have not attacked any ambulances.

"Of course, some innocents can get killed. When mobs attack us and we are forced to open fire as a last resort, some people who get killed may not be militants," says Mr Tripathi.

So the circumstances of Imran Ahmed Wani's may always be disputed.

'Called to his death'

Javed Ahmed Mir's family - he had three jobs to support them

In a grimy alley in Baghibehtab, Javed Ahmed Mir's family is asking the same question: Why did he die?

A photograph shows him as a man with a long face and calm eyes in a grey striped sweater and white slacks.

The 35-year-old worked hard to support his wife and three sons, aged 15, 13 and 10.

He juggled three jobs: a silk factory worker, a cable TV salesman and a video cameraman for a local news channel.

Like Imran, he was aiming to finish his half-constructed one-storey home.

He died on the same day as Imran - a few minutes later - on the same road.

"He was called out to his death, literally," says a neighbour, Tariq Sharif.

Soldiers search an auto-rickshaw taking a passenger to hospital

His family says that Javed was attending a neighbour's wedding when his news channel called up and told him that they were sending down a camera so that he could film the protest on the main road.

He ambled up to the road and waited for the office vehicle to arrive with the camera. It never did, and Javed was shot through his head during the melee.

"He only had work on his mind. That's why he ran to get the camera," says his wife, Haifa.

Across the town, in Dalgate's Hajjan area, Ghulam Qadir, 62, who ran a barber shop in the area was shot by the security forces his neighbours say, right outside the family home last Sunday.

Some say Mr Qadir and his son, Yaqub, were walking down the street when they were "targeted". Others say Mr Qadir was at home and ran out when he heard that Yaqub, who was bringing milk, was being roughed up by troops outside.

They say when he protested, the troops fired at both father and son. Mr Qadir died on the spot, with a bullet in his heart; and Yaqub is fighting for his life in hospital.

The CRPF's Mr Tripathi says the forces fired in Hajjan after an irate local mob "ransacked" a troops sentry post, and tried to snatch their arms.

"The troops fired three bullets in self-defence", he says.

Mr Qadir, neighbours say, was "pretty friendly" with many troops who are stationed at an 18-year-old camp in the area.

The only thing which appears to be the undisputed truth on the narrow streets of Hajjan are the dry speckles of blood on the brick wall of a house close to Mr Qadir's.

"See, the blood of the martyr is still prominent," a neighbour says.

Kashmir's newly buried men and women are maybe a mere addition to cold statistic of the dead in the Kashmir valley, but for the majority of its 6.7 million people, they are the new 'martyrs'.



Battling an upsurge in violence, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the state needs a political initiative to deal with the situation but made it clear that for that to happen a semblance of normalcy is a precursor. Addressing a press conference after a meeting

with the Prime

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and senior ministers here, Omar said curfew will be implemented strictly and sought additional paramilitary forces especially the Rapid Action Force to deal with street protesters.

"Jammu and Kashmir is a political situation. It needs political handling. It requires a political package more than an economic package," he said.

By political package, the Chief Minister said he meant dealing with issues like Armed Forces Special Powers Act, footprint of the security forces, rehabilitation package for youngsters who are across the line of control and compensation for victims of the ongoing trouble.

Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday held a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to discuss the deteriorating law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley where an unending cycle of violence has left at least 30 people killed in less than two months.

Abdullah arrived in the capital on Monday morning to meet Manmohan Singh at the prime minister's 7 Race Course Road residence.

This was Manmohan Singh's second meeting over Kashmir after he met members of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) Sunday night to assess the situation in the valley.

What transpired in the meeting Monday was not immediately known. But the chief minister is expected to address the media around 3.30 - 4 p.m. in the capital.

Sources said the chief minister has sought help from the central government and more paramilitary forces to be deployed in the valley to end the street violence.

Abdullah arrived in the capital in the backdrop of 15 deaths, mostly in firing by security forces, in the Kashmir Valley in the last four days.

Sunday was the bloodiest day in the valley in recent months. Frenzied mobs torched government offices, police camps and vehicles in south Kashmir areas after blocking the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway by felling trees and erecting stone barricades.

The central government, the sources said, wants the state government to get tough with trouble-makers who are inciting mobs to indulge in violence.

Chidambaram is also likely to make a statement in parliament later Monday.

Stating that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had "taken a serious turn", the home minister said in the Lok Sabha that he would make a statement after discussions with Abdullah.

"Jammu and Kashmir is a very sensitive state. Over the last few days the situation has taken a serious turn. After July 9 there was lull in the situation but it has again become grave," Chidambaram told the house, after opposition members expressed their concern over the worsening situation in the Kashmir Valley.

"The chief minister is in Delhi. I have had many discussions with him over the last few weeks. There will be more discussions. If it is possible I will come back to the house today (to make a statement after meeting Omar Abdullah) or I shall do it as early as possible," the home minister said.

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