Kashmir burst into a conflagration following the shooting death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in a brief encounter in Kokernag, Anantnag district. So far, more than 1500 people have suffered injuries and around 30 protesters have lost their lives after the forces fired at them. It is a time of mourning in the state, and one of simmering anger as well.
Living in the fortified border villages in Indian-administered Kashmir is not very different from being in a war zone. Violence, landmine explosions and cross border-shelling between the Indian and Pakistani armies have forever changed the lives of the people living near the border. Thousands have lost their lives and property, while others have been left permanently disabled due to landmine explosions and heavy artillery shelling.
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