Curfew, separatist shutdown on 15th day in Kashmir

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Srinagar, July 23: Life remained out of gear in the Kashmir Valley as curfew, restrictions and separatists called shutdown continued for the 15th day.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is slated to start his two-day visit to Kashmir on Saturday, it will be his second visit in the current month to the conflict-ridden region.

He first visited there on July 2 when eight CRPF soldiers were killed by militants in Pampore area of Pulwama district. Singh had also performed the Amarnath Yatra.

The Union Home Minister is likely to hold meetings with official and public delegations later in the day in an effort to end the impasse brought about in the Valley since July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed along two of its associates in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Official sources said Singh will also visit some parts of south Kashmir affected by the ongoing violence which has claimed 48 lives — 46 civilians and two policemen — so far.

Officials said strict curfew will continue in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts while restrictions will remain in force in the rest of the Valley.

Wefornews Bureau

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