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More violence in J&K; toll rise 47
Published on 5 Aug. 2010 10:42 PM IST
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The violence in the Kashmir Valley claimed its 47th victim since June 11 as a civilian Thursday succumbed to a bullet injury received during protests here a day earlier.
Fifty-year-old Gulam Muhammad Badyari was injured in firing by security forces late Wednesday when a mob attacked a paramilitary picket in Gunpatyar area, police said.
Doctors at the hospital where the victim was admitted said he succumbed to his injuries. His body was being handed over to his relatives.
A youth, identified as Muhammad Yaqoob Bhat, was killed in similar firing by security force in Nund Reshi colony here Wednesday evening.
The number of civilians killed in firing by security forces since Friday has risen to 30, taking the death toll since June 11 to 47.
A nervous calm prevailed as authorities decided to continue curfew in the entire Srinagar and all other major towns of the Kashmir Valley.
“Curfew continues in Srinagar and the people are advised to remain indoors,” said a senior police officer.
Hardline separatist leader and chairman of the breakaway Hurriyat group, Syed Ali Geelani, who was released Wednesday, also urged people to shun violence and protest peacefully. “Violence and arson have no place in our struggle,” Geelani told reporters Wednesday. However, Geelani’s group has called for shutdowns and protests till Saturday. People have been asked to start normal activities Sunday to buy and store essentials. Masrat Alam, chief of the separatist Muslim League, a constituent of Geelani’s Hurriyat group, has called for shutdowns and protests till Saturday.
“The next calendar will be made public Sunday evening,” Alam said in a statement issued Tuesday.
People living in curfew-bound areas are complaining of hardships as milk, bread, baby food and medicines have run into short supply.
“There is a shortage of essential commodities in our area which has remained under curfew for five days now,” said Mehraj-ud-Din, a resident of Narwara locality in Srinagar’s Old City.
BJP meet PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday told a delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including legislators from Jammu and Kashmir, that the government’s first priority was restoration of peace and stability in the troubled state and nothing would be done to demoralise the security forces stationed there.
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said the prime minister also assured the party delegation that the government had no hesitation in calling an all-party meeting to discuss the situation in the troubled state. Swaraj, who was part of the delegation that also comprised leaders L.K. Advani and Arun Jaitley, said that some decisions of the state government over the past few months had impacted the morale of the security forces.
She said the party had demanded an all-party meeting to discuss the situation. “The prime minister’s attitude to our demands was positive,” Swaraj said.
She said Manmohan Singh had told the delegation that the government’s priority was to restore peace in the state and it was not thinking of any package now.

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