Kashmir, Unlike Last Year

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Unlike last year, the Kashmir Valley did not erupt in protests this year but there have been some killings, fake encounters, custodial killings, “rape”, arrests, amnesty to stone throwers, bars on journalists, beating of journalists, militant attacks, grenade explosions, infiltration bids, assassination, reports on unmarked graves- and yet it seems the Valley is peaceful. Faisal Khan, a photojournalist from Kashmir, comes up with some shots of Kashmir situation.

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men watch demonstrators (not in picture) during protests in the hot bed, Maisuma, Srinagar on April 29 2011, against the arrest of a local youth by police on charges of stone throwing.


A masked stone thrower looking towards Indian forces in old city Srinagar during clashes which erupted after police arrested a local youth on the charges of stone throwing on August 12, 2011.


An elderly person looks at a graffiti (comparing Srinagar to the Gaza strip), in downtown Srinagar on July 13, 2011. Authorities in Kashmir deployed thousands of police and paramilitary forces in the downtown areas of Srinagar to thwart pro-freedom protests, to mark Martyrs Day. It’s the day, July 13, 1931 when Maharaja Hari Singh’s use of force to quell protests against his rule, resulted in the death of 23 civilians.


On August 30, 2011, on the International Day of the Disappearances an elderly member of the Association of Parents of Disappeared People (APDP) in a sit-in staged at Pratap Park, Srinagar to demand whereabouts of their missing relatives. Nearly 10000 persons are missing in Kashmir and suspicions are that some of them had been buried in unmarked graves which are found in different parts of the Valley. 


On 27 October 2010, government imposed curfew in four districts of the Valley and thwarted the protest march to United Nations office called by Hurriyat leaders on the anniversary of the landing of Indian army in Kashmir in 1947.


On May 6, 2011, children in Batmaloo area watching a peaceful protest march called by pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani against recent arrest spree of youth.