Kashmir unrest: Developments so far

| Updated: Sep 09, 2016 00:24 IST

Srinagar/New Delhi [India], Sept. 8 (ANI): The unrest in Kashmir has so far shown no signs of simmering down despite continuous attempts by the Centre and the state government, as the curfew still remains in most parts of the valley entering its 62nd day. Here is a chronological order of the unrest in the valley since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by the security forces on July 8. July 8th The security forces killed Burhan Wani, a militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, which led to a cycle of violence in the valley that claimed around 100 lives and left more than thousands, including security forces, injured. Hundreds of people assembled in Tral, Wani's hometown, to participate in his funeral prayers. Several others performed his funeral in absentia in south, central and northern Kashmir. Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik, Asiya Andrabi and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called for a three-day Kashmir shutdown to protest against the killing. The violence following Wani's killing engulfed most of the valley, with protesters destroying police stations, attacking security forces' camps and vandalising public properties. July 9th On the second day, 11 people were killed and over 120 others, including 96 security personnel, left injured. All state board examinations were postponed, traffic was suspended on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. The Amarnath Yatra and train services were also suspended in view of violent protests. July 10th The death toll reached 20 and more than 300 CRPF personnel were injured. Offices, camps and vehicles of the security forces were set ablaze. Wani's father Muzaffar Wani, a government school principal, said that he felt a sense of satisfaction because his son had achieved "martyrdom". July 11th A mob tried to storm an Indian Air Force base. However, they were dispersed. July 12th The death toll went up to 32. In the night, over 200-300 Kashmiri Pandit employees fled the transit camps in Kashmir due to constant attacks by the protesters. More CRPF personnel were sent to the valley to aid the state police. July 13th After a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, security forces in the valley were asked to exercise utmost restraint. July 14th The house in Kokernag, where Wani was killed, set ablaze by unidentified people suspecting that the residents had tipped off the security forces about the Hizbul Mujahideen commander's presence. July 15th A curfew was imposed in Kashmir and mobile internet services were suspended. The separatists extended the call for shutdown till July 18. The schools and colleges remained shut. At least six Jammu and Kashmir Police cops were injured when a grenade was lobbed at a police station in South Kashmir's Kulgam district. July 16th The government enforces an information blackout, raiding newspaper printing facilities and seizing copies of newspapers. July 17th The Centre announced 2,000 additional CRPF personnel for Kashmir. July 18th Two people were killed and seven others injured in Qazigund of South Kashmir's Anantnag district. They were killed in retaliatory firing after the protesters pelted stones at an army vehicle even as curfew was continued. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh blamed Pakistan for the bloodshed. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said the unrest in Kashmir was unprecedented and something even the 1990s had not witnessed. July 19th The death toll climbed to 42. Army constituted an inquiry into the firing incidents that occurred the previous day. July 20th Army Chief General Dalbir Singh arrived in Srinagar to review the security situation. Owners and editors of newspapers decided not to publish dailies in protest against the ban order. July 22nd The authorities allowed people to buy essential goods in the afternoon, even as the curfew continued. July 23rd A two-day visit by Rajnath Singh beginning on July 23 was announced. On arrival, he held a meeting with some local entrepreneurs, houseboat owners, Muslim clerics, members of the Sikh community, members of the Kashmiri Pandit community, and civilians. However, the meeting was boycotted by several trade bodies against "killings of civilians". Rajnath also met Governor Narinder Nath Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. On the second day, he met leaders of various political parties and members of civil society, with the Congress Party boycotting the meeting. The curfew was lifted from four districts and parts of Srinagar city, but remained in force in rest of the valley as a precautionary measure. July 24th With a constable and a civilian succumbing to injuries on Sunday, the death toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir climbed to 47. July 26th Curfew was lifted from all parts of Srinagar city. The mobile internet services were restored in the Jammu region after 17 days. July 28th Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi to meet pellet victims. July 29th Fresh violence, including attacks on army camps, left 65 people injured as protesters defied curfew and restrictions in 10 districts on a day when the separatists had called for a protest march to the Jamia Masjid. As many as 70 incidents of stone-pelting were reported from across the valley. July 30th The cavalcade of state Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, who was travelling with MLC Yashir Reshi, was pelted with stones by crowds at Dangerpora and Shilwat. Security forces dispersed the protesters with tear gas and pepper gas. August 1st Protesters attacked state Education Minister Naeem Akhtar's residence with petrol bombs; the minister and his family were not present at the time. The cavalcade of Law and Rural Development Minister Abdul Haq was attacked with stones by protesters in Tangdhar area; Haq managed to escape. A mob set on fire the vehicle of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Ramban. Two protesters were killed and another injured when a personal security officer of the ADC retaliated. The CRPF rescued the ADC. August 5th Curfew was imposed in several places in view of the march called by separatists. Three people were killed and 674 others injured during violent clashes that erupted after Friday prayers. Security forces prevented the separatists from marching to Hazratbal shrine and arrested Geelani and Farooq. August 11th Security forces prevented a planned separatist march to the "martyr's graveyard" at Eidgah in Srinagar. August 12th More than 250 people were injured, mostly by pellets, in clashes that rocked Kashmir on Friday-the 35th straight day of violence. August 13th Most parts of Kashmir were placed under curfew in view of a weekend protest called by separatists. A march to Lal Chowk called by the separatists for demanding referendum was prevented by security forces that left dozens of people injured. August 14th On Pakistan's Independence Day, Pakistani flags were hoisted at many places across Kashmir and pro-Pakistan rallies were carried out, with dozens of people reported injured when security personnel tried to disperse them. In addition, 21 incidents of stone-pelting across the region were reported. August 15th One protester was killed in firing by security forces in Srinagar, while another succumbed to his injuries received in firing at Tangmarg a few days earlier. August 16th Five protesters were killed in firing by the security forces. August 17th A march called by the separatists to the office of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Srinagar was stopped by the security forces, who arrested separatist leaders and sealed all roads leading to the office. The protesters then held sit-in protests. On the same day, a person was killed after the army raided a village in Khrew. The house of Shopian MLA Mohammed Yousuf Bhat was attacked by a mob. August 19th At least 120 people were injured in widespread clashes between the protesters and security forces. The security forces also forbade people for the sixth week from assembling at Srinagar's Jamia Mosque for Friday prayers, and also prevented a march called by separatists to the village in Budgam where four civilians were killed a day earlier. August 21st A youth was killed after being hit by a teargas shell in Srinagar while over 70 people were injured in protests across the region. Freedom rallies were held. About 20 people were injured when the security forces tried to disperse them during a rally in a Shopian village. August 22nd The BSF was removed from counter-insurgency operations and deployed to maintain law and order in Srinagar for the first time in 12 years. August 23rd Two special police officers in Sopore resigned after their houses were attacked by mobs. August 24th A youth succumbed to his injuries received during a clash with the security forces in Pulwama's Pinglema village. In addition, nine policemen were injured when a grenade was lobbed at them from a crowd of protesters in Pulwama. August 26th Another youth was killed when the security personnel opened fire at protesters in Hall village of Pulwama. More than 200 people were injured in protests across the region. Security forces tried to prevent a march to Eidgah in Srinagar called by the separatists. The forces fired teargas shells to disperse the crowd, in which six people got injured. August 27th A march called by the separatists to the headquarters of XV Corps of the Indian Army was prevented, with Geelani being arrested. Hurriyat released a letter titled "Quit JK", asking the army to leave the state. A body of a youth was found in the Jhelum in Sangam, Anantnag. August 28th Curfew was lifted from most parts of the region, excluding Pulwama and Nowhatta and Maharajganj areas of Srinagar. August 29th Curfew was re-imposed in parts of the valley after fresh clashes in which 12 people were injured. Sept 3rd Rajnath Singh chairs a meeting of all-party delegation for Kashmir. Curfew restrictions have been lifted from most of the parts of the valley after 51 consecutive days. Sept 4th Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq refused to meet the all-party delegation members. The delegation interacted with Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and officials of the state government. Sept 5th Rajnath slams separatists, saying their behaviour doesn't show Kashmiriyat. Sept 6th Rajnath Singh briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Kashmir situation. A delegation of Muslim leaders met Rajnath Singh and offered full cooperation to bring peace in Jammu and Kashmir. Sept 7th The Centre hints at action against separatists. (ANI)