A curfew was imposed in several districts of the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday in the wake of moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s protest march towards the United Nation’s Srinagar office. Nine persons injured in clashes between security forces and protesters.
Contingents of police and CRPF in riot-gear manned most streets leading to UN office. Tight security arrangements were made in restive areas in downtown Srinagar and north and south Kashmir towns like Sopore, Handwara, Baramulla and Pulwama. Four districts were brought under curfew as authorities anticipated trouble in the areas there.
A clash broke out between stone-throwing protests and security forces in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, 50 km away from Srinagar. Four persons, including two policemen, were wounded in clashes in north Kashmir Baramulla town.
The security forces’ restrictions thwarted efforts by separatists to reach to UN office.
The Hurriyat was protesting the landing of Army in Kashmir on this day in 1947, a day after which Maharaja Hari Singh signed the instrument of accession with the Union of India.