Curfew, shutdown continue to cripple life on 50th consecutive day


Curfew, shutdown continue to cripple life on 50th consecutive dayNormal life in Kashmir Valley remained paralysed as curfew and shutdown continued for the 50th consecutive day Saturday in the wake of violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani last month.
All educational institutions, shops, public transport and other businesses are closed since July 9. Earlier, authorities arrested several top separatist leaders and extended curfew to large parts of the Valley to foil a separatists’ march in Srinagar.
The death toll in the valley reached 69 on Friday, as another youth succumbed to his injuries in clashes that broke out between security forces and the locals in Pulwama district.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi where she is discussed the prevailing situation in the state.
This was the first meeting between the Prime Minister and Mehbooba after the unrest broke in the valley.
The meeting comes days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state where he assessed the situation and held meetings with about delegations of civil society, political parties, Pahari community leaders and several individuals to bring normalcy in the valley.
On Thursday, Mufti had strongly defended the action of security forces and claimed that 95 percent of the people were keen on resolving the Kashmir issue politically and through dialogue, and that only five percent of the people were resorting to agitation.

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