Kashmir Post Burhan Wani: PM Modi to Review Situation on Tuesday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir arising out of the fallout of the Burhan Wani encounter, soon after his return from a five-nation tour of Africa.
A senior government officer disclosed that the Prime Minister will be given a detailed presentation on the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley.
NSA Ajit Doval, who was accompanying Modi, also cut short his visit and returned to Delhi on Monday to attended a security review meeting along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Earlier on the third day of violent protests against Hizbul’s poster boy Burhan Wani’s death, the death toll in the Valley rose to 23, including a policeman.
102 civilians and 100 security personnel were also injured in the bloody clashes. The government rushed 800 additional CRPF personnel to the Valley on Monday.
Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander, and two others were killed on Friday after they opened fire on the security forces from a house in which they were allegedly hiding.
The police official claimed that the information of Ahmad and Khursheed’s death could not be made public due to “inadequate” communication facilities.
Security Forces Targetted
Three policemen were taken hostage by an angry mob in south Kashmir on Friday. The policemen returned safely, but their weapons were seized, police said on Monday.
A police constable drowned as a mob rolled down a bullet-proof police vehicle into the Jhelum river at Sangam in Anantnag district.
Four police stations, 36 civil administration offices and dozens of vehicles were destroyed by unruly mobs.
Normal Life Comes to a Stand Still
While mobile services reportedly remain suspended in four districts of south-Kashmir, a curfew-like situation has prevailed in the valley since Friday.
The south districts of Pulwama, Anantnag and Kulgam are the worst hit. Stone pelting incidents were reported from Sopore, Handwara, Bandipora and Baramulla in north Kashmir, the official said on Monday.
Shops, private offices, business establishments and petrol pumps were shut, while government offices and banks witnessed thin attendance, officials said.
Separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, continue to be under house arrest while Mohammad Yasin Malik has been placed under preventive detention.
(With PTI, IANS Inputs)