Day 2: Anger simmers against civilian, militant killings in Kashmir   


Wahid Bhat

SRINAGAR: Authorities on Monday struggled to contain the situation in Kashmir valley a day after five civilians and five militants were killed in the Kashmir Valley a day before.

The dead included a Kashmir University professor and militant commander Saddam Paddar in a south Kashmir village create tense situation again in Kashmir valley.

The injured youth at SMHS hospital regaining gradually their partial eye-sight, have this t say “our struggle isn’t over”.

One such youth told Press Trust of Kashmir at a hospital in Srinagar, “We might be the worst sufferers of the prevailing conflict and might hardly see the colours of the world again but we do not feel disappointed and are committed to take the struggle to its logical end,” .

“We got injured in pro-freedom protests. Why to feel disappointed. It was written in the destiny,” he added.

A youth from Shopian (name withheld) said it is not all over. “We all have to fight with the challenges. Now I am also ready to face the challenges that come into my way”.

Another youth from Anantnag requesting anonymity for security reasons said, “Kashmir has been a long drawn out problem and authorities’ must solve it”.

Yet another injured youth recovering in a Shopain hospital said, “When I was hit by the pellets I wasn’t part of the protest. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t protest. We have a demand and we will continue to raise voice till our cries aren’t hear d,”

“Forces showered pellets on us without any provocation.  I want to ask them how they would feel if a Prof. join militants to tell the whole world what is happening in Kashmir. the international community must take a note of unprecedented pain Kashmiri people have been going through all these years,”  he added.

A group of youth from south Kashmir areas suggested, “Hurriyat should continue with strike until something is achieved. We have to take this struggle to a logical end and not leave it halfway after so many casualties,”. (PTK)