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Day 7: Curfew continues in Kashmir with some relaxation

UNI   Srinagar , February 15, 2013
First Published: 10:42 IST(15/2/2013) | Last Updated: 10:45 IST(15/2/2013)

Indefinite curfew continued for the seventh day onj Friday with relaxation in between in Kashmir, where clashes between demonstrators and security forces had left one person dead and more than 100 others injured since February 9 when Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged in Delhi's Tihar jail.

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Barring downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK), curfew was relaxed yesterday in most parts of the Srinagar city while elsewhere in the valley it has almost been lifted except in the
main town. But in view of the 'Eidgah challo' called by breakaway Hurriyat Conference (HC) today, there was no relaxation in the restrictions.  
Though the entire downtown and SeK, remained under indefinite curfew since February 9, additional security forces were deployed early this morning on the roads leading to Eidgah in the downtown to foil any attempt by people to assemble there.

There were some incidents of stone pelting last night but nobody was injured, a resident from Nawa Kadal said, adding that repeated announcements were being made asking people to remain
indoor.

Fresh clashes were reported last night in many parts of the city as people protested against against the hanging of Guru in many parts of the valley.

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police personnel, wearing bulletproof jackets and holding automatic weapons, lathis and shields in their hands, remained deployed to strictly implement the curfew restrictions.

Security forces and state police personnel were strictly implementing the curfew restrictions in the city since early this morning. The main roads remained closed with barbed wire and
people were being directed to remain indoor, particularly on both sides of the Nallahmar, the trouble spot in the city where demonstrations during evening hours continued for the past six
days.

There was acute shortage of essentials, people in curfew-bound areas said. "There is no access to vegetables, bread, milk and baby food. Even medical shops are shut due to curfew," they said.

There were again clashes between the 'pro-separatist'demonstrators and security forces on Nallahmar, during which teargas shells were also used, a resident from Nawa Kadal told
UNI over phone.

Police spokesman said curfew remained in force in entire district of Bandipora, Sopore and Handwara in north Kashmir.

Barring in Kangan, curfew was lifted in entire Ganderbal district in central Kashmir, he said adding restrictions continued in main towns of Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir.

The separatist organisations, including both factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC), had called for four-day general strike against the hanging of Guru, which ended on February 12.

One person was killed and more than 100 others were wounded in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in different parts of the valley since the hanging of Guru. The injured
included dozens of security force and police personnel, including some officers.

Police has registered a case against CRPF for allegedly using excessive force at Watergam where five people were injured in the firing by the security forces. One of them later died while another is also in a critical condition.

Two people drowned while four others were rescued after they were allegedly chased by security forces in Sumbal area of north Kashmir. However, police said they  drowned after a boat, in which they were crossing river Jhelum, capsized.


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