Srinagar: After five days of violence, the
Kashmir Valley today remained by and large peaceful as
security forces enforced curfew and kept a close vigil on the
"The situation in the Kashmir valley remained by and
large peaceful," a state government spokesman said.
Meanwhile, one Iqbal Ahmed Khan from Chanapora, who
had received bullet injury on July 30, passed away at a
hospital in Soura, he said.
With this, the number of people killed in the violence
in the Valley since last Friday has gone up to 29.
Giving details of minor incidents since this morning,
the spokesman said one vehicle of 9th India Reserve Battalion
was damaged in Pampore by some protesters while one condemned
Gypsy vehicle was set on fire in Qamarwari area.
In Shopian, a mob attacked the Forest Protection Force
complex comprising about 10 buildings and tried to set the
complex on fire and the vehicles parked in the compound.
Police party, which immediately reached the spot, was
able to save eight buildings and three vehicles, he said.
However, protesters set ablaze two buildings and
gutted one vehicle, he said.
Police said a group of agitators pelted stones on
passing vehicles on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway but no
one was hurt.
Curfew remained clamped in the violence-hit Valley
with restrictions continuing in all the 10 districts of
Kashmir for the sixth day.
Meanwhile, hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah
Geelani made a surprise appeal to agitators not to indulge in
arson but demonstrate peacefully.
The 80-year-old Jamaat-e-Islami leader said those
indulging in stone pelting, burning offices, railway stations
and vehicles "did not belong to the Kashmir movement" and were
only causing harm to the issue.
Geelani, who was recently released from the custody by
state government, asked people to undertake peaceful
demonstrations and stage sit-in wherever they are stopped.