Deepening tragedy

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Mehbooba Mufti at the press conference in Srinagar on June 19 where she announced her government’s resignation after the Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out of the ruling coalition. Photo: S. Irfan/PTI

Chaudhary Lal Singh of the BJP, who resigned from the State Cabinet over the Kathua rape and murder case, leading a rally in support of a probe led by the Central Bureau of Investigation, in Jammu on April 19. Photo: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during an iftar party on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar on June 7. Governor N.N. Vohra and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah are also present. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

Crowds straining to touch the body of a militant, Shakoor Dar, the divisional commander of the Lashkar, in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, on June 25. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

The BJP pulls out of the ruling alliance and brings down the government in Jammu and Kashmir in a move made with the Lok Sabha elections in mind even as the State sinks into greater depths of violence and militancy.

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