Violence in Kashmir on day of Zubin Mehta’s peace concert - The New Indian Express

Violence in Kashmir on day of Zubin Mehta’s peace concert

Published: 08th September 2013 10:40 AM

Last Updated: 08th September 2013 10:40 AM

While maestro Zubin Mehta’s ‘peace’ concert in Kashmir was held peacefully amid unprecedented security, four persons were killed and 16 people injured in various incidence of violence in the Valley.

Four people were killed in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, about 55 km from here, when, according to police, guerrillas attacked a CRPF camp. Locals, however, refuted the claim, saying the perpetrators of the crime were not militants.

A senior police official said two of the attackers were ultras and they have recovered weapons from the spot where the attack took place.   A local, however, told Express that the attackers were stunt bikers and had tried to dodge a security check point.

Several people protested in Shopian town after the incident, saying all the four slain people were civilians. They also pelted stones at the local police station.

Curfew was imposed in the town, as tension gripped the area. 

Another incident was reported in neighbouring Pulwama district, where some militants allegedly lobbed a egrenade at a police party. 

Reports said after day-long duty, scores of policemen were resting outside district hospital in Pulwama, when unidentified persons hurled a grenade at them, which exploded with a big bang injuring 14 cops and a civilian. Seven policemen, who are in critical condition, were referred to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. 

According to witnesses, the police and CRPF fired some aerial shots soon after the grenade attack, creating panic in the area. “We exercised maximum restraint and did not aim at anyone. The policemen opened fire in air to defend themselves,” Dy SP Headquarters Sajad Ahmed said.

In another development, about an hour before Zubin Mehta was set to perform at the Shalimar Garden on the banks of the Dal lake, a parallel event organised by various civil society groups was thrown open for the public.

“Hundreds of people flocked the venue where local artists showcased their talents,” its organisers said. Leaders from various separatist groups also participated in the event.

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