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Kashmir under curfew for second day

india Updated: Oct 06, 2008 10:54 IST

Kashmir remained under curfew for the second consecutive day on Monday with police and paramilitary forces deployed heavily in the Valley to thwart any attempt by separatists to hold a protest march to Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

Barring minor incidents of slogan shouting by groups of people that gathered in old Baramulla town late on Sunday night, the situation in the entire Valley was peaceful and there was been no report of any violent incident.

Some of the local newspapers, including the largest circulated daily Greater Kashmir, failed to hit the stands as publishers decided not to print them accusing the government of not providing enough curfew passes to their staff, a charge denied by the government.

A virtual siege was laid around Lal Chowk as a large posse of gun-toting security personnel took up position in and around the area. All entry and exit points in Srinagar city have been sealed.

There were some sporadic protests when the paramilitary forces refused to entertain curfew passes. However, the issue was resolved later.

The new anti-riot vehicles, procured by the Jammu and Kashmir Police recently, were positioned at strategic locations, specially those which had witnessed violence earlier.

"Due to indefinite curfew imposed by the authorities in Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir and the government's failure to provide adequate number of curfew passes to our staff, distributors and hawkers, the print edition of Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Uzma will not hit the stands on Monday," the Greater Kashmir said in a statement.

However, a government spokesman said enough passes had been provided to all newspapers and in some cases vehicles passes have also issued to ferry their staff members.