Kashmir death toll climbs to 45; Rajnath Singh on two-day visit tomorrow

New Delhi: In fresh clashes between the protesters and security forces soon after the Friday prayers, a man was killed in Awantipora area of Pulwama district taking the total death toll to forty-five.


Along with the deceased Mustaq Ahmad, two other people were also seriously injured in Pulwama and Sopore, as protests broke out in South Kashmir’s Awantipora and Kakapora area.


Clashes between police and protesters also took place in North Kashmir’s Sopore town, where police used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the protesters., the officials said.


Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Kashmir for two days from tomorrow in a bid to calm down tension that erupted following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, with clashes between protesters and security forces in the Valley leaving 45 dead.


Singh, who will reach Srinagar around 11 am, will first interact with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and senior officials and review the law and order situation in Kashmir Valley. After that, he will meet representatives of political parties, social organisations and leading citizens to get their feedback about the Kashmir situation as well as a future roadmap, official sources said.


"Rajnath Singh will hold meetings with various delegations in his two-day visit to Srinagar and Jammu and Kashmir," an official statement said.


Curfew and separatist-called protest shutdown have marred life across the Valley for the 14th day running on Friday.


Singh will stay at Nehru guest house in Srinagar, where he will meet the public representatives.

With agency inputs