Centre to initiate talks with Kashmri separatists Hurriyat!

08 August 2016

Thirty days after violence broke out in Kashmir over the shooting down of Hizbul Mujahiddeen militant Burhan Wani by security personnel, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to initiate talks with Kashmiri separatists ''in a bid to quell the ongoing uprising'' in the state.

The government intends to hold talks with all stakeholders including Hurriyat in the Valley, India Today reported on Sunday.

And, despite the curfew and restrictions imposed in most places in Kashmir to contain violence and protests, which left the valley paralysed for the 30th consecutive day, there seems to be no end to the violence unleashed by separatists.

The protestors have ganged up with locals to identify and intimidate police officials, who are now being threatened individually.

According to an Indian Express report, the Hurriyat Conference has named a police officer for intentionally firing pellets on protesters. The Conference also labelled the officer a butcher and criminal.

The separatists have also warned the officer that they cannot help if people decide to take "action" against him.

"Without provocation, pellets were fired, in which at least seven women sustained pellet injuries to their private parts and several others got injured. This criminal and butcher is warned that it is high time rogues and killers like him are brought to book. We cannot stop people if they decide to tackle directly," the Conference named an officer and said in a statement.

In Sopore, people have scribbled a graffiti as a warning to superintendent of police Harmeet Singh after a civilian was killed and more than 140 injured in the clashes.

Meanwhile, curfew continues in Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama and Kupwara towns while restrictions are in force in Srinagar city, Budgam, Sopore, Bandipora and Baramulla towns, reports said.

Separatists have already extended their protest shutdown till 12 August. They have been issuing weekly protest calendars since 9 July, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces.

At least 57 civilians have been killed and over 6000 injured in the ongoing violence across the state.

All educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities as well as public transport and business establishments have remained closed. All separatist leaders have detained in Srinagar.

Skeletal staff has been managing banks, post offices and government offices during this period.

In Parliament, the opposition led by Congress urged PM Modi to break silence over Kashmir issue.

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