In a video clip of the rally, protestors can be seen carrying the tricolour and chanting anti-government slogans while marching in support of the accused Deepak Khajuria.
Tral, the native town of the slain militant commander Burhan Wani, lost a father-son duo in the latest militant attack on an Army base camp.
With the opposition pushing for a deferment and the ruling PDP a divided house, all eyes are on the cabinet meeting this week.
The deaths have led to differences between the state police and the army, as well as between coalition partners BJP and PDP.
At least 12 people, including five civilians from different border villages, have been killed in firing and shelling from the Pakistani side since January 15.
Uncharacteristically warm winters, disappearing snow cover and melting glaciers have already dealt a blow to winter tourism in the region. Horticulture and agriculture are likely next in line.
Erratic weather patterns coupled with traditional farming practices have thrown the Valley’s saffron industry into a crisis, and an over seven-year-old government mission aimed at reviving it is far from complete.
The government is hoping for a repeat of 2011’s high voter turnout, but people on the ground remain wary of possible clashes.
The use of locals to carry out attacks represents a changed tactic for militant groups including Jaish-e-Mohammad in the Valley.
The state government’s directives to its employees on social media use is being viewed as an attack on freedom of speech.
The police have said the three civilians, two of whom were women, were killed in “crossfire” but their families claim otherwise.
The police has said that Comiti Paul Edward defied the conditions of his business visa, but his lawyers have denied the charge.
Nomadic Muslim communities allege that they are being specifically targeted by the government’s eviction drive.
Jammu and Kashmir is the only state that couldn’t secure any funding for the first six years after the implementation of the Integration Child Protection Scheme in 2009.
The government believes the return of the footballer, who was emerging as militancy’s new poster boy, will lead to more surrenders as it mulls a new rehabilitation policy.
Thirty-two civilians, including political workers, have been killed in South Kashmir allegedly by militants this year, the police have said.
The separatist leaders said that for any meaningful dialogue to take place, the government must first acknowledge that there is a dispute that has to be resolved.
Failure of the government and police to put an end to the braid-chopping incidents have forced vigilantes to take the matter into their own hands.
Pellet guns have become the first line of attack for security forces against protestors in Kashmir, its unabated use blinding hundreds in the Valley.
A recent wave of braid-cutting incidents has sparked fear and anger throughout the Valley, with locals blaming the government for not acting quick enough.
The situation in Hajin, where a BSF constable was killed last week, continues to be volatile, with the police and army conducting search operations and locals allegedly supporting militants.
Farooq Ahmad Dar said for him, justice will only be served if those who tied him to an army jeep are punished.
Rohingya families who were living in Jammu have moved to Khimber in Kashmir, fearing violence against them.
Despite home minister Rajnath Singh’s assurances that pellet guns aren’t being used often by the security forces, doctors and civil organisations say otherwise.
While making an open call for dialogue, the home minister refused to be specific on whether Hurriyat leaders will be invited for talks.
“Will our brother return? We won’t complain even if they have tortured him”, ask family members of 20-year-old Manzoor Ahmad, who has been ‘missing’ in army custody since August 31.
“When it comes to Kashmir, the institutions and justice system turns blind. Nobody can understand what we have gone through all these years.”
With no stable source of income, especially for the elderly, the transgender community in Kashmir is struggling to make ends meet.
Mehbooba Mufti’s meeting with political opponent Farooq Abdullah shows just how critical the issue of Article 35A has become.
The armed forces tribunal’s verdict to free the accused has created a fear for safety and a demand for justice among the victims’ families and villages.
Tanveer Ahmad Wani’s death, which the police and army say was in response to stone pelting, is the eighth killing in Beerwah since the 2016 uprising and has only added to the anger across Valley.
Sajad Ahmad, who was killed in an encounter in Budgam last week, went underground on June 29, had been making regular court appearances till then.
There has been unanimous condemnation of the attack on Amarnath yatris in Kashmir, and an outpouring of support and solidarity for the victims.
The State Human Rights Commission stopped short of announcing action against the army, as it lacked jurisdiction.
“The government thought by killing Burhan they will control militancy. But his martyrdom has infused new life to the movement.”
The opposition opposes extending the 101st amendment of the constitution to J&K, which would hand over powers of tax collection to the Centre and threaten the state’s autonomy.
Many in the Valley see the lynching as another instance of a fast deteriorating situation where the decades-old conflict has taken a huge human toll.
The recruitment of child combatants – as volunteers or conscripts – whether by a militant group (like the Hizb) or the security forces is a violation of international humanitarian law.
The Hizbul Mujahideen has distanced itself from Musa’s threat to behead Hurriyat leaders for terming the Kashmir struggle political and not religious, but some militant outfits have come out in support of him.
Even with the hangul on the brink of extinction, the Kashmir government and forest department continue to fumble over effective conservation plans.