Curfew like restrictions, strike hit life for 2nd day in Kashmir

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 5/30/2017 12:31:38 AM

SRINAGAR, May 29: Curfew like restrictions continued in many parts of Valley, while normal life continued to remain paralysed for the second consecutive day today in Kashmir in response to a call given by separatist leadership against the killing of two militants and a civilian in Tral recently.
Restrictions continued in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations in Srinagar city. They are of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal, Kralkhud and Maisuma. Curfew like restrictions were also imposed in all the four districts of South Kashmir including Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam while authorities had sealed all the routes leading to Tral, the native town of militant commander Sabzar Ahmed Bhat.
However, people were allowed to offer ‘Taraweeh’ and Fajar (morning) prayers in Mosques, including the historic Jamia Masjid, despite restrictions.
Restrictions were imposed as a precautionary measure, following the two-day strike by the separatists from yesterday, in protest against the killing of eight militants, including Sabzar Bhat, a top Hizbul Mujhideen (HM) commander in two different encounters on May 27.
Killing of Sabzar, who had succeeded Burhan Wani, another militant killed in July last year, evoked massive protests across the valley, particularly in south Kashmir and Srinagar
Two HM militants, including Sabzar, were killed in Tral of Pulwama, while six infiltrators were gunned down near the Line of Control (LoC) in Rampur sector of Uri.
According to district magistrate of Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone, in view of the prevailing law and order situation, strict restrictions remained imposed today within the territorial jurisdiction of seven police stations of Srinagar district, including Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj and Rainawari in the downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and Kralkhud and Maisuma in the city.
Hundreds of police and paramilitary forces, wearing bullet proof jackets, were deployed in the curfew-bound areas, directing people to remain indoors. All main roads, including Nallahmar from Khanyar to Chattabal were closed with barbed wire and parking bullet proof vehicles in the middle.
Repeated announcements were being made that curfew has been imposed. People living on both sides of the Nallahmar road alleged that they were not being allowed to move out of their houses.
A large number of security forces had been deployed around the historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, who addresses the congregation every Friday there.
A report from Anantnag said curfew restrictions were imposed in the town and adjoining areas.
The District Magistrate (DM) of Anantnag said that strict restrictions was in place in the territorial jurisdiction of the district for the second day today to prevent breach of peace and loss of life, in view of the prevailing law and order situation.
A report from south Kashmir said that strict restrictions remained imposed in the main towns and people were being directed to remain indoors. ”We were not even allowed to move out of our houses,” the people alleged.
Similar restrictions were imposed in some major towns in Ganderbal, Badgam, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama and Baramulla districts. According to the District Magistrate Pulwama, all schools and colleges remained closed today also as precautionary measure in the district.
Maenwhile, all train runs remained suspended for security reasons since May 27 afternoon in the Kashmir Valley, where clashes erupted after the killing of two militants, including Sabzar Bhat, Hizbul Mujahideen commander, in an encounter in Tral area of Pulwama district.
“We have suspended train service due to security reasons after receiving a directive from the Government, including police,” a senior railway official said.
He said all trains running between Srinagar-Badgam-Sopore and Baramulla in North Kashmir remained suspended since May 27 afternoon. Similarly train service from Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in South Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region remained suspended.
Since there was apprehension of violence, trains were suspended to avoid damage to railway property besides passengers, he said adding the train services will be resumed after receiving green signal from the authorities, particularly police.
He said in the past railways suffered massive damage to trains, railway stations and lighting system due to violence.
Meanwhile, a huge contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed on the roads in Srinagar and other sensitive areas.
Because of the curfew, restrictions and strike, shops and other business establishments remained closed. The government had ordered closure of all educational institutions. Public and private transport was off the roads.
During the day, minor clashes were reported in a few areas including 90 feet Srinagar, Tahab Pulwama, Batapora area of Sopore and Trehgam Kupwara today.
The prepaid mobile telephone services also remained suspended since Saturday evening.
Besides suspension of outgoing and incoming call facility on prepaid mobile phones, the mobile internet services were also suspended in the Valley.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range, Munir Ahmad Khan said the situation across the Valley remained under control throughout the day.
“Barring two minor stone pelting incidents in Tahab and 90 feet, the situation remained under control,” he said, adding that no injury was reported during these incidents.



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