The situation in the Valley continues to remain grim on the 46th day of unrest.
BSF MEN PATROL STREETS
The government has deployed the Border Security Force (BSF) to aid the forces on the ground to control the unrest. BSF is known for its role in countering militancy when it was at its peak in 90s. The locals remember it as an aggressive and ruthless force. The border gaurds were pulled out of the Valley in 2005.
Educational institutions, markets, public transport and other businesses remained closed as separatists extended their protest shutdown till August 25.
Curfew continued in old Srinagar city and Anantnag town while restrictions remained in force in all other districts of Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kupwara and Badgam.
68 people including 66 civilians and two policemen have died in the violence in the Valley since July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed by the security forces in a gunfight.