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Centre surprised over Kashmiri attacks on CRPF, police pickets

Tue, Jul 12, 2016, 11:31 AM
Efforts were on to hold an all-party meeting in the Kashmir valley after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called up on opposition leaders to suggest ways to defuse the situation arising out of the protests over home-grown terrorist Burhan Wani's death in an encounter.

At least 23 civilians and one policeman have died in clashes over the weekend, as security men used live ammunition, pellet guns and tear gas to try to break up the protests.

Most of those killed were young men under the age of 26 from southern Kashmir, the police said. More than 150 civilians and 100 policemen have been injured. At least 10 of the wounded civilians were in serious condition.

Top Home Ministry officials in Delhi said they were surprised at the intensity of the public unrest in southern Kashmir. “We were prepared for unrest post the death of Burhan Wani and had deployed forces in Pulwana and Tral… as well as Srinagar,” a senior official said.

“However, despite the deployment in Anantnag and Kulgam due to the Amarnath Yatra, the mob attacked no less than 40 CRPF pickets and some 22 J-K police pickets along the route.”

The government was also concerned about the looting of about 35 INSAS (assault) rifles, SLRs and pistols from an armoury in Kulgam district on Saturday, a source said.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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