At least six people have died in the last 24 hours in Kashmir, after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said during her Independence Day speech that "gun is not the solution" to any political problem.
Five people have died since today morning across the valley after a youth from Batamaloo, Srinagar was shot at by the security forces on Monday evening.
In Beerwah area of Budgam district in Central Kashmir, five protesters were reportedly killed after security forces fired at them.
Another youth from Anantnag district of South Kashmir died during clashes with the security forces today. According to a Rising Kashmir report, dozens of people have been injured in the protests.
The death toll in valley has climbed to 65 since July 8, when the Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with the security forces.
More than 4000 people have been injured in the clashes and hundreds have suffered pellet-induced eye injuries leading to blinding.
Former chief minister and leader of Opposition in the J&K Legislative Assembly, Omar Abdullah, while taking a dig at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech, tweeted," 6 protesters dead in Kashmir in 24 hours but WTH let's go sort out Balochistan since we are doing such a good job in J&K at the moment."
While the situation in the valley continues to remain tense, the union home minister, Rajnath Singh called an emergency meeting today in New Delhi to discuss the prevailing situation in J&K.
According to an ANI report, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Home Secretary, and Director, Intelligence Bureau were present at the meet.
6 protestors dead in Kashmir in 24 hours but WTH let's go sort out Balochistan since we are doing such a good job in J&K at the moment!!!
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) August 16, 2016