Stop bloodshed in Kashmir

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One more teenage boy injured during the clashes near the gunfight site at Badigam Shopian succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. Taking the death toll of the civilians killed in the firing by the government forces on that fateful day to six.
The vicious circle of killings has brought the life in Kashmir to a grinding halt as the people are mourning the killings of five militants and six civilians who were killed by the government forces in Shopian district on Saturday. Just day before three militants were killed in a gunfight at Chattabal in Srinagar and forces vehicle crushed a youth to death in old city.
Everyone is asking New Delhi to end bloodshed in Kashmir so that the vicious cycle of violence ends. Streets of Kashmir have turned into killing fields and young boys are dying everyday.
New Delhi’s iron fist policy has added to the prevailing uncertainty in Kashmir and has turned the Valley into a most dangerous place. Situation is turning from bad to worse. The bullet for bullet policy is pushing the younger generation to the precipice. The situation is tuning from bad to worse. It looks like that the Government of India has closed all the options about holding talks with any section of the society. No effort is being made to address the dissent.
New Delhi’s policy seems clear that “Kashmir is no issue” and the people who are challenging Kashmir’s accession with India won’t be spared. The order of the Army Chief Bipin Rawat to treat the people, who assemble at encounter sites as anti-nationals, is being followed in letter and spirit. Despite the stern warning by the Army Chief people continue to assemble at the gunfight sites and pelt stones to help militants escape.
New Delhi needs to rethink its Kashmir policy to end the bloodshed in Kashmir. It has to acknowledge that there is anger and resentment in the Valley and Kashmir issue cannot be brushed under the carpet.