Srinagar: Like preceding years, the year 2016 also turned out to be a bloody year for the people of Kashmir. The year witnessed the killing of 371 people including civilians, militants and security personnel. The year also witnessed the longest ever shutdown of over 5 months in Kashmir history.
The year saw Mehbooba Mufti taking over as the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and mass uprising against Indian rule after the killing of Hizb poster boy Burhan Wani that resulted in the death of more than 100 civilians. The killings, maiming and blinding of the protesters by Govt forces were the main highlights of the year.
This year during the scores of gunfights between armed forces and Azadi seeking militants 144 militants, 63 Armymen, 11 CRPF, 18 policemen, 8 BSF and one SSB man were killed.
126 civilians lost their lives this year in different incidents of violence. Most of these civilians fell to the bullets of paramilitary forces personnel.
The year 2016 also witnessed NIT row, death of Chief Minister Mufti Muhamamd Sayeed in harness, controversies over setting up of Sainik colonies and exclusive colonies for migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.
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