Curfew remained in force in the valley. One day after the Independence Day fresh firing killed 5 civilians and injured at least 31 after security forces fired on the protesters in South and Central Kashmir. This take the toll rises to 65.
According to the police control room in Budgam, a group of youth pelted stones at a CRPF vehicle and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) opened fire at the protesters when 4 people have been died at Aripanthan area of Beerwah in central Budgam district and 15 were injured.
Another incident took place in south Kashmir’s Anantnag District where a man died for bullet injury. There 16 other were injured.
Former Chief Minister of J&K, Omar Abdullah tweeted about the deaths of Tuesday and Monday and he criticized Centre’s stern speech about Balochistan. “6 protestors dead in Kashmir in 24 hours but WTH let’s go sort out Balochistan since we are doing such a good job in J&K at the moment!!!”
On Monday the valley was extremely tensed after two people died and a 10 year old was critically injured after tear gas shell hit in Bijbehara in Anantnag district.
Also a CRPF commander and two militants were killed in a gunfight near a Sufi Shrine in Srinagar. A CRPF stated that troops came under fire and grenade attack at four places Gojwara Chowk, Khaniyar Chowk, Nowhatta Chowk and Bata Gali.
This is the 39th consecutive days the curfew still continues in force. Public services remained off, school, colleges closed due to the strike and internet, mobile connectivity were suspended.
Mehbooba Mufti’s emotional speech
Mehbooba Mufti in her I-Day speech asked both India and Pakistan for a peaceful dialogue process and requested the BJP government to follow the steps of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. She appealed to the both nation to fight the common enemies like unemployment, poverty etc. together.
Ms. Mufti in her speech said to make Kashmir a free trade zone. “Let’s make Kashmir a free trade zone, where people are allowed to move freely. Let SAARC open its university here and countries like Nepal open up craft centres. Let the talk of a common currency in SAARC start from this place. My father’s dream was to lay a path for a final solution. I will follow his dream.”
She accused the separatists for using young children as their shield in protest. Ms. Mufti requested the parents to “restrain their kids from joining the street protests”. In her emotional speech she quoted from Kashmiri and Quranic verses, “Violence has not yielded anything so far. We saw it in 1990, 2008 and 2010. Guns only invite other kinds of guns. Many steps were taken in 2010 but nothing was achieved. This time I promise steps will be taken.”
However, in an embarrassing moment the flag Ms Mufti unfurled fell from the flag pole. An enquiry regarding the matter has been commenced.