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Aug 14, 2008 at 02:38am IST

Violence continues for third day in Kashmir

Jammu: After two days of violence the region began to become peaceful on Wednesday. Curfew was relaxed and relieved residents stepped out to quickly stock essentials. But the peace did not last long. Protests hit the streets of Kashmir for a third consecutive day and authorities could do nothing but plead for peace.

“We urge that you do nothing to further worsen the situation,” urges a policeman to the protestors.

The authorities claim the traffic on the national highway is picking up and supplies would reach Kashmir soon. Meanwhile Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and separatist leaders have urged people to carry out only peaceful protests.

Former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah also called on the Jammu-based Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti to end its agitation.

When asked if elections can take place in the present situation and what is his biggest fear, Abdullah said,” Elections can be held anytime. They can be held in November, but first and foremost the hearts that are being divided need to be levelled up .My fear is the communal hatred that is being generated in the entire nation.”

Violence escalates by the day, but the police top brass have been distancing itself from the firings that killed more than 18 protesters on Tuesday.