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Situation improving but Friday fear lurks in Kashmir

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, February 14, 2013
First Published: 20:29 IST(14/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:29 IST(15/2/2013)

Though the Internet services continue to remain barred in Kashmir valley for sixth day in row, the authorities relaxed curfew in several districts after improvement in situation.


"Situation across the Valley remained peaceful. A couple of incidents of stone-pelting were reported from few places. However, no one was hurt," said police spokesman.

There has been decline in street protests in the past few days due to tight grip of the security forces. Barring old parts of the city, there was no curfew in Srinagar. However, Sopore, Guru's hometown remained under curfew for sixth day.

Around 3,000 additional paramilitary troops were ferried to the Valley in the past 24 hours to control the situation.

The authorities have send 1,000 additional troops to north Kashmir, while more will be stationed in Srinagar to ensure that the situation does not go out of hand.

The authorities have put restrictions on movement of around 40 separatists leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who are under house arrest in Delhi. Dozens of youth have been arrested from Srinagar, north and south Kashmir. The police refused to confirm number of youth picked up from the Valley.

Hardline Hurriyat chairman Geelani has called for Idgah march on Friday to say last prayers for Guru in absentia. The whole area is being sealed by the government to prevent the separatists' march.   

"We condemn the police action against separatists and civilian population, who are suffering due to continuos curfew. It is also condemnable that all communication facilities to the Mirwaiz have been barred to keep him away from his supporters in the Valley," said the moderate Hurriyat spokesman.

The Hurriyat spokesperson reiterated its demand that Guru’s body be handed over to his family. "It should be done without any further delay so that his family can bury him as per religious rites in Kashmir," said the spokesman.






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