Curfew on in Kashmir Valley, firearms out

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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  • Updated: Feb 13, 2013 12:28 IST

Curfew continued in Kashmir Valley on Tuesday -- the fourth consecutive day - and all roads leading to Sopore, the hometown of Afzal Guru, were blocked following a call for a protest march by separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Strict restrictions were enforced to foil any attempt by the people to assemble there for the chelum ceremony (prayers held four days after death) of Parliament attack convict Guru, who was executed on Saturday.

On Tuesday, sporadic clashes were reported from many spots in north Kashmir, though no major incident was reported.

Cable services remained blocked, mobile internet dysfunctional and local papers did not hit the stands again.

To enforce the "no-firearms use" policy, the J&K police, meanwhile, issued orders that no security force personnel may carry firearms while dealing with mobs. The forces have been asked to use only accepted riot control measures like teargas and batons.

The order was passed by inspector general SM Sahai on Monday.

The decision was taken following the death of three teenagers over the weekend.

 

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