What started as a land transfer issue has now become a burning issue that threatens the entire Kashmir valley. Not a day passes without violent protests and bandhs in Jammu and Kashmir. Even the Azad government fell over the issue, but the violence did not stop. Three lives were lost on Monday.
Alarmed, the Centre has now convened an all-party meeting.
Be it militancy from across the border or local issues, ordinary Kashmiris bear the brunt. The Paradise on Earth is in shatters. So are the lives.
Here a family -- in tears-- looks from their window as the body of a protestor is taken through the street on Monday.
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