Throughout both days the Kashmir police, backed by the crpf, manned sensitive points on the demonstrators' routes, but stayed out of sight. But nothing happened. Not a single head was broken nor a vehicle burnt. Not a single person was beaten, shot, injured or killed.
Hawks in the home ministry and security forces are shaking their heads, declaring it a defeat for the Indian state. According to them, the government should have closed the roads to Srinagar, declared a curfew, put up road blocks at the exit points from sensitive parts of the city, and put the leaders of the Kashmiri separatist parties under house arrest, if not preventive detention.