Kashmiris come together to protest blast in Srinagar

For the first time in over three decades, Kashmiris from all walks of life came together on Monday evening to protest the grenade attack in Srinagar’s bustling Amira Kadal-Hari Singh High Street market last week that claimed the lives of two civilians and injured 33 others. The candlelight protest, which continued for more than an hour, was one-of-a-kind in the Kashmir Valley, given the perpetual threat of terror attacks. Scores of citizens from various sections of society held a candlelight march at Lal Chowk on Monday evening and later staged a sit-in protest on the pavement near Ghanta Ghar (clocktower) in solidarity with the victims of the terror strike. The demonstrators raised slogans against terrorism and were seen holding placards that read “Akhar Kab Tak” (Till When Must We Endure) while chants of “Save Youth, Save Kashmir” rang in the air. Some carrying the Tricolour said they sought exemplary punishment for the culprits.

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