Kashmir reels under curfew

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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  • Updated: Mar 14, 2013 19:28 IST

Two separate incidents of violence forced valley to reel under curfew on Thursday.

A suicide attack on CRPF camp at Bemina in Srinagar, which left five troops dead and the killing of a local youth by paramilitary forces, has completely polarised pro-India politicians of the state.

The ruling National Conference termed the killing of a youth as 'cold blooded murder' and party's senior leader and speaker of state assembly Mubarak Gul openly condemned the killing and demanded compensation for the bereaved family. 

Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq had called upon people to observe bandh and hold demonstrations.

Following their call, thousand of cops and paramilitary guards started patrolling the streets and also blocked certain areas with concertina wire.

According to sources, at many places cops also made announcement advising people not to come out of their homes.

The restrictions were such that even emergency service employees found it difficult to venture out.

"I was not allowed to move out of my house. They checked my identity card but refused to honour it," a government doctor said.

Normal life has been disrupted in the valley since February 9 when Afzal Guru was hanged in Delhi's Tihar jail. Six people have been killed since then, five by security forces and one by stone throwers.

Earlier, in the day the chief minister Omar Abdullah had to rush to Srinagar airport after media channels aired angry CRPF jawans questioning his absence at a wreath laying ceremony for the dead soldiers.

Amid assembly session, Bharatiya Janata Party and National Panthers Party expressed their sympathies with CRPF troops.


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