Jammu and Kashmir police has issued an advisory asking its field personnel to avoid returning to their homes for the next “few months”.
Bipin Rawat’s warning to civilians trying to protect militants will only spur further anger, especially at a time when support for militancy in Kashmir is very high.
Tassaduq Hussain Mufti’s plunge into politics comes at a time when the state is gearing up for by-elections for two Lok Sabah seats – Anantnag and Srinagar.
According to police statistics, the number of stone throwing incidents fell drastically in October – before demonetisation – and has remained stagnant since.
Some are afraid that the “relaxations” offered to students as “bait” for taking the exams in November and not March will mean children missing out on their education.
Businesses and school-going children have suffered the most from the long period of shutdown in the Valley.
Twenty-eight schools have been set on fire in less than two months. The government and the separatists continue to trade blame for the attacks, with little effort to prevent them.
Rayees Ahmad Mir, a minor, has been arrested under the Public Safety Act, while his father is allegedly being unlawfully detained.
Most villagers cannot afford to start a fresh life away from the zero line, and bear the brunt of hostilities between India and Pakistan.
Karra’s decision may become a rallying point for the dissenting voices within the PDP, putting the already beleaguered government in more trouble.