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Monday, July 11, 2016

Death toll climbs to 21 in Kashmir clashes over terrorist encounter

Kashmir continued to be on the boil on Sunday as six more people died in the ongoing violence over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani by the police.

The death toll has now increased to 21 with over 200 people injured. Curfew-like restrictions and suspension of mobile internet services continued in several parts of the state. The Amarnath Yatra also remained suspended for the second day on Sunday, although some stranded pilgrims were escorted to safety, according to ministry officials. Meanwhile, three policemen, who went missing after a large mob attacked a police station in Damhal Hanjipora on Saturday, are still untraceable, officials said.
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the situation and assured the State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, of all possible help.
According to officials, during a 30-minute meeting, the Home Minister directed officials to ensure that paramilitary forces in Kashmir provide assistance to the state government for restoration of peace and normalcy in the Valley.
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