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Mysterious killings are once again haunting the people of strife-torn Kashmir. Four people have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in last four days in the Valley.
Shutters of all shops and business houses remained down as traffic too remained off roads on Wednesday, following a strike call given by separatists.
There has been a steady rise in the number of youths taking up arms in the Valley since 2014 as compared to the period from 2010 to 2013 when the figures stood at 54, 23, 21 and 6 respectively.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in restriction-free areas in the summer capital, Srinagar. Business and other activities were paralyzed in main business
Gen. Rawat said that Kashmiris were being fed with misinformation that India was anti-Muslim and those who eat beef were being killed.
The pilgrims, including 1,429 women and 250 sadhus, left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here in the morning for Nunwan-Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in 229 vehicles under tight security arrangements.
The State is under Governor's Rule from June 20, a day after the BJP withdrew support to the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP coalition government citing deteriorating law and order situation in the Valley.
Congress leader Saifuddin Soz is presently in an eye of the storm due to his book "Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle.
The separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership on Tuesday called for a strike for today against the killing of Bukhari and also civilians allegedly in security forces firing.
Separatists have called for a general strike in protest against the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari by unidentified gunmen and civilians in security force action.
Taking a jibe on the report of PM's assassination plot, the Shiv Sena said just on a basis of a report the security of the former was beefed up, but in the valley, people are losing their lives.
Lt General A.K. Bhatt said that troops on the Line of Control (LoC), which divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, were deployed to meet the challenge of infiltration.
Ally BJP slams Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti's call for ceasefire; says government 'soft' on stone pelters
The BJP spokespersons described the situation in the Kashmir Valley as very serious and said the soft policy of the Mehbooba Mufti government was responsible for it.
Entire literary work of Kashmiri poet Madhosh Balhami was destroyed when his house caught fire in the gunfight between security forces and militants.
The educational institutions were ordered to shut down on Monday after the gunfight in Anantnag district.