Bloody savages. How long will the non-Muslim world be held hostage to this violent ideology?
Fresh violence erupted in Kashmir on Monday leaving 18 dead including a policeman and over 80 injured with mobs torching several government properties and a private school, some of the trouble triggered by a television report alleging desecration of the Quran in the United States.The state cabinet, which met on Monday evening, condemned the alleged act of desecration and made a fervent appeal to the people not to take law in their own hands.
The day also saw large-scale arson during which two Christian missionary schools and several government buildings and two police vehicles were torched by angry protestors.
Monday's killing of 18 persons is the highest single-day toll in Kashmir Valley's unrest since June 11 when a school-boy Tufail Ahmad Mattoo was killed after being hit by a tear smoke shell.
Following the daylong violence authorities were desperately trying to enforce the curfew with loudspeaker fitted police jeeps warning residents to stay indoors and not run the risk of being shot at.
Police opened fire in Tangmarg, the famous north Kashmir's health resort where an unruly mob set on fire a Christian missionary school and over 20 government buildings killing two persons on the spot and wounding 40 others, majority of them with gunshot wounds, a senior police officer said.