Death toll in Kashmir protests reaches 19

Protest demo in Kashmir

19 protesters including a policeman have so far died and many injured in clashes between police and protesters in south Kashmir. About one hundred  security force personnel got injured.

Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep grief and agony over the death of youths during protests at various places in Kashmir valley today.

“I express profound grief over the tragic death of the youths and extend my heart-felt condolences to the bereaved family members in their hour of immense grief,” the Chief Minister said.

Ms Mehbooba said disproportionate use of force for crowd control results in loss of precious lives and grave injuries which should be avoided at all costs. She asked the police and the paramilitary forces to use Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) while dealing with protesters to avoid loss of precious human lives or injuries.

Urging for calm, Ms Mehbooba sought people’s cooperation in restoration of normalcy in the Valley. “Violence only brings miseries to the people and tragedies for the victim families,” she said and appealed people, especially the youth not to fall prey to the machinations of the vested interests, who play politics over the dead bodies of Kashmiris.

She also prayed for early recovery of the injured including civilians and the police personnel and asked the health authorities to provide best possible treatment to them.