50 Injured as Protesters Torch DM’s Office in Shopian, Kashmir

Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Kashmir today, leading a 28-member all party delegation.

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Kashmir has been on the boil after the killing of Burhan Wani. (Photo: PTI)

At least 50 persons were injured on Sunday morning as clashes erupted after an unruly mob torched the district magistrate’s (DM) office in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Tension gripped Shopian town after security forces intervened to stop a pro-freedom rally in Pinjura village. Demonstrators gathered in large numbers as local mosques asked people to join the protests on loud speakers.

The protesters later torched the mini secretariat in Shopian town that comprises the office of the DM and many other district level officers. No employee was present at the secretariat when the incident occurred.

Over four dozen people including protesters and security men were injured in clashes when security forces tried to prevent the demonstrators from torching the building.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh who is scheduled to arrive in Srinagar on Sunday leading the 28-member all party delegation to Kashmir, tweeted:

The delegation will review the ground situation in the valley to explore ways and means to end the ongoing violence in which 74 people have been killed and thousands injured since 9 July, a day after top militant, Burhan Wani, was killed in a gunfight with security forces.

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