JAMMU: Ahead of the all party delegation meet, fresh violence erupted in Kashmir.
Clashes have broken out between security forces and protesters in Shopian. Mini Secretariat office has been set on fire by the protesters.
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The clashes reportedly began between after security forces foiled a plan to have a pro-freedom gathering Pinjoora village of Shopian, reports kashmirlife.net. At least 70 people reportedly have been injured.
A major rally was pre-planned a few days ago and few thousands had reached the place to attend the event.
The Mini Secretariat reportedly was built at a cost of Rs 36 Crore.
More people from nearby areas have joined the protest.
Yesterday, protesters in the neighbouring Kulgam district burnt a house of the ruling PDP’s block president Gulzar Ahmad.
Ahmad had facilitated a meeting of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with the family of a victim of violence in the district. Mehbooba had visited the family of Late Mashooq Ahmed, firing victim of Kund, Kulgam and offered condolences to the bereaved family yesterday.
“Curfew remains in force in five police station areas of downtown Srinagar,” a police spokesman said.
He said curfew in these areas of the summer capital continued as a precautionary measure in view of the call given by separatists asking people to occupy Airport road, city centre Lal Chowk and district headquarters against the all-party delgation’s visit.
The spokesman said curfew has been lifted from the other areas of the city where it was in force yesterday.
curfew remained clamped in parts of Srinagar on a day the all-party delegation was here on a two-day visit aimed at restoring peace in the Valley. Normal life in the Valley was paralysed for the 58th day as restrictions continued in the rest of the Valley which has been hit by violence since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in July.
With agency inputs.