Centre sends eye specialists for pellet victims in Kashmir, death toll at 36

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2016 12:01 IST
A youth hit by bullets at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital in Srinagar on Tuesday. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Authorities extended curfew in all major towns of Kashmir for the sixth straight day on Thursday, hours after the death of another young man in Anantnag pushed the unofficial death toll in the recent violence up to 36.

Waves of violence have swept the Valley this week after the killing of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani and two of his associates in an encounter.

Tens of thousands of people have clashed with security forces, whose bullet and pellet firing left more than 1,300 people injured amid rising criticism of the state’s tactics of crowd control.

Meanwhile, a three-member team of eye specialists from Delhi’s AIIMS hospital were sent to the state on Wednesday to assist in the treatment of pellet injuries, even as sources at SMHS hospital said doctors have performed more than 90 eye surgeries in the last six days.

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In Srinagar, shops and business establishments remained closed for the sixth straight day and pellet and bullet victims were treated in major hospitals. Separatists have extended the shutdown call for two more days.

On Wednesday, Hilal Ahmad Shah, was killed in Anantnag district’s Harnag area. Activists say 36 people have died in the violence but the government says it’s not more than 25.

Reports said police fired at a vehicle of SDPO Zainapora in Shopian but there was no loss of life.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Miwaiz Umer Farooq were taken into preventive custody on Wednesday for some time after they attempted to come out of their homes in Srinagar, but are now back to being under house arrest.

Train services between Baramulla and Bannihal town remained suspended for the sixth day on Thursday.

All exams scheduled up to July 17, have been postponed as authorities said fresh dates for holding these exams would be announced later.

The movement of Amarnath Yatris from Jammu which was suspended for some time last night, has resumed, sources said.

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