#KashmirNow: Amid Clampdown, Drone Test Done in Lal Chowk



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KL Image courtesy: Syed Jahangir
KL Image courtesy: Syed Jahangir

Jammu and Kashmir Police Thursday held a demonstration of an unmanned drone in Srinagar’s deserted Lal Chowk.

Kashmir is witnessing mayhem since last Saturday, a day after militant commander Burhan Wani and his two associates were killed in Kokernag area of South Kashmir.

At least 40 civilians were killed by forces and an SPO was killed when protestors pushed a mobile police bunker into a tributary of river Jhelum in Sangam area of Islamabad district.

38 civilian killings happened in South Kashmir, one in Kupwara and one in summer capital when forces chased a youth in Tengpora area. Over 1500 civilians were injured in bullet and pellet firing while 14 forces personnel (12 CRPF men and two JKP cops) are admitted in Army’s Srinagar base Hospital in Badamibagh.

Reports said that police officials opened a box in Lal Chowk near Ghanta Ghar and a top cop started demonstrating the unmanned drone. “It was an unbreakable drone,” sources said, “cops were checking its utility.” However, it was not immediately known what will the drone used for.

Following mass outpouring during Burhan’s funeral, authorities clamped down on phone network in South Kashmir while mobile internet was taken off across J&K. Curfew was imposed since Sunday to maintain “law and order”.

Kashmir is witnessing complete shutdown against the civilian killings. Separatists have extended the Hartal call to “Azaad” Kashmir as well and have asked people to hold peaceful demonstrations of post congregational prayers on Friday.

Last time, forces used unmanned drones during an encounter when militants attacked forces at Sempora Pampore. After a long battle which continued for over 48 hours inside the EDI building, army used the drones to monitor the position of militants who were inside the building.


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