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Curfew re-imposed in Kashmir to thwart separatists’ planned march

india Updated: Jul 29, 2016 14:57 IST
Curfew reimposed

A paramilitary soldier stands guard near a temporary checkpoint during curfew in Srinagar.(AP)

Curfew was re-imposed in four districts of south Kashmir and Srinagar city on Friday, in addition to a clampdown in parts of the Valley to thwart a planned march to Jamia Masjid by separatists here.

“There is curfew in entire south Kashmir and Srinagar, while restrictions have been imposed in north and central Kashmir,” a police official said.

He said all four districts of south Kashmir — Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian — were under curfew to maintain law and order.

The separatists had asked the people to reach Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar to pay tributes to the people killed in the recent violence in the Valley.

Protests broke out across Kashmir on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter by security forces. In the ensuing clashes between protesters and security forces, 47 people, including two policemen, were killed and 5,500 others were injured.

On Thursday, the authorities lifted curfew and restrictions from across the Valley, except Anantnag town, after some improvement in the situation.

Mobile internet services remain snapped, but the postpaid services were restored across all networks. Call incoming facility on prepaid connections too has been restored, but not outgoing.

Normal life remained paralysed in the Valley for the 21st consecutive day on Friday in view of the strike call given by the separatist camp.

Schools, colleges and business establishments remained closed due to the strike while public transport remained off roads. Attendance in government offices was very short, the official said.

The separatist camp has extended the shutdown call in Kashmir till July 31.

“The shutdown will continue as usual with daily relaxation after 7 pm till late hours,” according to a joint statement by the separatists, including both factions of the Hurriyat, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, and Yasin Malik-led JKLF.

The separatists asked the people to hold sit-in on roads on Saturday and offer the late afternoon and evening prayers together.

They also asked people to observe an hour-long ‘blackout’ from 8 pm. The separatists have also urged people to visit “martyrs graveyards to offer special prayers and paint slogans and graffiti on walls and roads” on July 31.

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