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Protesters in Shopian set fire to District Magistrate’s office, at least 50 injured as Kashmir unrest continues

SRINAGAR: The unrest in Kashmir continues as clashes broke out in south Kashmir’s Shopian district with protesters set ablaze the District Magistrate’s building as the curfew still remains intact in several parts of Srinagar. This incident occurs just on the day that the all-party delegation will be arriving in Kashmir in aims of restoring peace in the Valley.
The normal life in the Valley has been paralysed for nearly two months as the restrictions have been continuing in the rest of the Valley which has been severely damaged and hit by violence since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in July.
The people of Penjoora village of Shopian went on to take part in a protest rally which went stopped by the police lead to serious clashes, said the officials. 

At least about 50 persons are said to be injured in these clashes that erupted after the unruly mob torched the district magistrate’s (DM) office in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
The official also said the security forces had to resort to baton charge and tear-gas shelling in order to disperse the protesters.
“There are some injuries but more details are awaited,” he said.
“It was happening in a disciplined way. But police had made it a point to foil the rally, come what may,” said a local,
Just yesterday, few protesters had burnt a house that belonged to the ruling PDP’s block president Gulzar Ahmad in the neighbouring Kulgam district.
Ahmad had arranged a meeting in which the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had met with the family of a victim who was affected by the violence in the district. Mehbooba had visited the family of Mashooq Ahmed, who was a firing victim of Kund, in the Kulgam district and offered condolences to the bereaved family on Saturday.
“Curfew remains in force in five police station areas of downtown Srinagar,” a police spokesman said.
He said the curfew in certain areas still remain as a safety precaution is view of the call that was given by the separatists in which people were urged to occupy Airport road, city centre Lal Chowk and also the district headquarters in protest of the all-party delegation’s visit.
The official has informed that the curfew has been lifted from certain other parts of the city where it was in place yesterday.
The all-party delegation which is being led by Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reached Kashmir on Sunday in order to conduct the two-day visit during which it is expected to hold talks with a cross-section of people.
“Curfew has been lifted from Batamaloo and Maisuma areas in the uptown city in view of the improving situation,” the police spokesman said.
But the assembly of people was still restricted in rest of the Valley.
Normal life still continue to be affected as the shops, business establishments and petrol pumps still remain shut during the day time and are open only during the evenings. Public transport continues to be off the roads.
The separatists have gone on to extend the shutdown till 8 September.

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