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Violence rocks J-K, Manipur and Assam as nation celebrates I-Day

As the nation soaked in patriotic fervour celebrated its 70th Independence Day on Monday, Jammu and Kashmir was rattled by fresh militant violence, which claimed three lives, including that of a CRPF officer, and explosions shattered the brittle calm in Assam and Manipur.

india Updated: Aug 15, 2016 18:27 IST
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Police run from the building where an encounter was underway in Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)

As the nation soaked in patriotic fervour celebrated its 70th Independence Day on Monday, Jammu and Kashmir was rattled by fresh militant violence, which claimed three lives, including that of a CRPF officer, and explosions shattered the brittle calm in Assam and Manipur.

The Kashmir Valley, in the grip of violence for nearly 40 days now, saw militants mount a morning assault on security forces in downtown Srinagar, resulting in the death of the commanding officer of CRPF’s 49th Battalion Pramod Kumar and two militants.

Kumar, thrice decorated with CRPF’s director general’s commendation, had also served in the Special Protection Group for three years.

Two blasts rocked Manipur capital Imphal an hour before the official Independence Day celebrations were to start, but no casualties were reported. Several militant organisations have called for a boycott of Independence Day celebrations in the state often rocked by insurgent violence.

A series of five bomb explosions by suspected ULFA-Independent militants rocked upper Assam’s Charaido and Tinsukia districts on Monday morning but there were no casualties.

With the Kashmir Valley caught in a welter of violence since the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti made an emotional appeal to the agitating youths not to be misled by vested interests who want to keep the Valley burning and maintained that dialogue was the only way forward to resolve issues.

In her maiden Independence Day address as chief minister, Mehbooba cautioned that Kashmir should not be allowed to become another Syria or Afghanistan, where there is instability and absence of safety of life, and urged the people to give her time so that she could work on the plans and programmes she had charted for peace in and progress of the state.

She blamed the successive central governments, starting from the one led by Jawaharlal Nehru, for the problems of Kashmir and hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the issues, taking the process started by Atal Bihari Vajpayee to its logical end.

Mehbooba faced a deeply embarrassing moment when the Tricolour fell off the post when she attempted to hoist it at Bakshi stadium. She pulled the string attached to the post only to see the flag fall from the post and land on the ground.