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Kashmir unrest: When will PM ‘wake up to the crisis’, asks Omar Abdullah

india Updated: Aug 06, 2016 13:56 IST
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Paramilitary soldiers stand guard during curfew in Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi /HT Photo)

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the prevailing situation.

“Heart breaking & worrying in equal measure. At what point will the Centre (read Hon PM) wake up to the crisis here?” Omar tweeted on Friday.

He was reacting to the death of three people in security forces action after violent protests.

The opposition National Conference working president hit out at the Centre for claiming that the situation in the Valley was improving.

“1 more unfortunate death, countless injuries today & the Centre tells the Hon SC (Supreme Court) that ‘things are improving’. Wow! Seriously? By which stretch of imagination? I haven’t met anyone in the Valley except the BJP-PDP ostriches who agree!” Omar said in a series of tweets.

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The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court the law and order situation in Kashmir had improved considerably since the violence erupted following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

It said the violent protests had gone down from 201 on July 9 to 11 on August 3.

Curfew and restrictions continued in Kashmir for the 29th day on Saturday after fresh clashes erupted in the Valley.

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Thousands defied curfew imposed to prevent a protest march by separatists to Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar. Three people were killed after security forces opened fire on curfew-defying protestors on Friday, taking the death toll to at least 56.

At least 20 security personnel were also reported injured.

Separatist leaders have extended their strike call till August 12.

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