Eid in Valley


Despite the Ramzan truce initiative by the Centre, attacks on security forces have continued in the Valley. Sporadic protests were also seen in several areas, inviting retaliation by security forces. Here’s how violence rocked the Valley in the days leading up to Eid

  • Aurangzeb, a soldier with Rashtriya Rifles was abducted from Pulwama on Wednesday. His bullet ridden body was recovered a few hours later

    * Aurangzeb’s father, an ex-Serviceman, demanded that his son’s murder be avenged in 32 hours, otherwise he would venture out himself to do the job

    * On Eid morning, a protester was killed in clashes with security forces in Anantnag. Terrorists also fired at security forces outside Srinagar, injuring four.

    * There was disquiet on the Pakistan border and LoC as well. Breaking from the usual tradition, Indian forces stationed at border did not exchange sweets with their Pakistani counterparts this year.

    * On Thursday, Shujaat Bukhari, editor of Rising Kashmir daily, was shot dead by bike borne terrorists outside his office in Lal Chowk, Srinagar.

    * Bukhari was instrumental in organising conferences for peace in Kashmir. He was also part of the ‘Track II process’ with Pakistan. Thousands attended his funeral in Baramulla. Chief ministerMehbooba Mufti and former CM Omar Abdullah were among the ones present.

* India on has rejected a UN report alleging human rights violations in Kashmir as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated.” Ministry of External Affairs said the report is “overtly prejudiced” and seeks to build a “false narrative.”

* On Friday night, PM Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh discussed the security situation in Kashmir.

* Security for the annual Amarnath Yatra, that starts later this month is also being reviewed. A bus carrying pilgrims came under attack from terrorists last year.

* The Centre is expected to monitor the situation for some more days before taking a decision on extending the ceasefire. Some sections within the security establishment are believed to be against an extension, contending that it allows militants to regroup.

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