April 03 , 2017

Shutdown in IHK on Modi’s visit

Demonstrations paralyse life in held Valley; security forces torture civilians; cop dies in Srinagar grenade attack hours after Indian PM’s visit; Indian Army officer killed in Poonch blast; Modi urges Kashmiri youth to choose tourism over terrorism

ISLAMABAD/HELD SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown was observed and demonstrations were staged in the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Valley on Sunday.

According to media reports, call for the shutdown was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.A multi-tier set up in the name of security had been put in place with massive deployment of Indian troops and police personnel across the occupied territory ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit.

A senior police officer confirmed that “an unprecedented ground-to-air security has been put in place in Udhampur and around the tunnel.” The road leading to the tunnel had been made out of bound for the people while no private vehicle was allowed to ply on the highway till the prime minister flew back to New Delhi.

Such security steps paralysed both common and business life in the held Valley. The Indian security forces tortured Kashmiri civilians in different areas as they were protesting against the visit of Prime Minister Modi.

The resistance leaders in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that the Indian prime minister was visiting at a time when the situation was extremely gloomy and massacres, detentions and blinding of people continued and there seemed no let-up in it.

Meanwhile, a grenade explosion killed a police officer and injured 10 other security personnel in Indian Held Kashmir on Sunday, police said, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the tense region.

Suspected militants lobbed a grenade at a group of police and paramilitary troops in Srinagar following protests against Modi’s visit. “Four personnel of CRPF and seven policemen were injured in the grenade blast,” Bhuvesh Choudhary, spokesman for the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), said.

One of the police officers who was wounded in the blast later died of his injuries, Inspector General Javid Gillani said.On the other hand, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the youth of Indian HeldKashmir (IHK) to choose tourism and development over terrorism, shortly after inaugurating a Rs37.2 billion highway tunnel in the northern state of held Jammu and Kashmir.

“While, on the one hand, youth in Kashmir were busy pelting stones, some youth were breaking stones to carve out this tunnel,” he said, referring to unrest in the state that followed a security force raid that killed Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani last July.

Modi said that the new tunnel would not only help farmers in the region take their produce to the capital in less time and avoid weather disruptions, but would potentially double tourism in the state.

A government press release said the project “has provided employment to over 2,000 unskilled and skilled youth of Jammu and Kashmir as 94 percent of the workforce was from the state.”

“We have a plan to make nine such tunnels in the state,” Modi said, adding better connections would mean more jobs.

Meanwhile, in held Kashmir an Indian Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) was killed in a mysterious blast near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.According to reports, the officer was critically wounded in a mysterious blast in Degwar sector of Poonch. He was shifted to the army hospital in Poonch where he succumbed to his injuries.



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