On Monday, The PDP (People’s Democratic Party) president Abdul Gani Dar was shot by militants in the Pinglana area of the Pulwama district. He was travelling with two police cars when this incident took place. The police official said he was shot at three times from a close range with an AK assault rifle in which two bullets hit him in the chest and one in the shoulder. Immediately after the gunshot Abdul Gani Dar was taken to a hospital in Srinagar which is 31km away.

This is the third attack noticed on a politician in the past few weeks in the Jammu and Kashmir. On 17 April, militants had shot dead a former public prosecutor affiliated with opposition National Conference in Shopian district.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi this morning to discuss the security situation in the Jammu and Kashmir. Mehbboba Mufti called for dialogue with separatists but added that talks cannot take place amid stone-throwing and firing.

Kashmir valley is flooded with massive street protests of stone pelters who throwing stones at the security forces. The protests were spearheaded by several videos that have emerged in the past few weeks. One video shows a group of jawans walking calmly as they are chased, taunted and harassed by a mob in Srinagar when the region held polls. Another video shows a young man tied to an army jeep as “human shield”.

Colleges reopened today in Kashmir after the closing order of colleges by the Kashmir government because of the protests against the alleged high-handedness of security forces with students in Pulwama.