Omar Abdullah Targets Govt. As Kashmir Unrest Rises

NEW DELHI: Despair has once again struck in Kashmir Valley after three more civilians including a student were killed in clashes with security forces on Friday. As protests intensified – with 200 demonstrations held across the Valley – more than 300 people were injured.

The Valley has been under curfew for 29 days, as protests spread to Chenab valley and the Pir Panjal region, the authorities tightened security.

Over the last four weeks of violence in the Valley, 55 people have been killed in firing by security forces and more than 3,000 people have been injured. More than 100 people have lost eyesight after receiving pellet injuries.

The Centre, however, has told the Supreme Court that said the law and order situation in Kashmir Valley has improved, triggering a rather trenchant reaction from former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.

Abdullah tweeted,”1 more unfortunate death, countless injuries today & the centre tells the Hon SC that “things are improving” Wow!!!!.” (@abdullah_omar, 5 Aug 2016, 7:14pm). The Centre had told the top court that the violent protests having gone down from 201 on July 9 to 11 on August 3.

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