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Curfew continues in violence-hit Jammu town for second day

The curfew was imposed in Bhaderwah town after a man was shot by some unidentified gunmen on Thursday morning.

india Updated: May 18, 2019 01:46 IST
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Paramilitary vehicles and personnel stand along a barricade during restrictions in the downtown area of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on May 17, 2019. A complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir following a separatist’s call for it against the recent killings in Kashmir(Waseem Andrabi/ Hindustan Times)

The situation in Jammu and Kashmir continued to be tense on Friday as curfew in the violence-hit Bhaderwah town in Doda districtremained in force for the second consecutive day and a shutdown was observed in the Valley.

The curfew was imposed in Bhaderwah town after a man was shot by some unidentified gunmen on Thursday morning.

Doda district SSP, Shabir Malik said, “Situation is under control but the curfew is still on in Bhaderwah town. There was no law and order problem today”.

The police rounded up eight suspects Thursday and they are being questioned, said Malik adding no arrests have been made yet. Mobile internet services also remained suspended in the communally sensitive town to check rumour-mongers.“Police have recovered a licensed gun but it was not clear whether it was used in committing the crime or not. It remains a matter of investigation,” he said.

Police said, around 2 am on Thursday, information was received that one Nayeem Ahmed Shah, a resident of Qilla Mohalla, was shot by unidentified persons near Nalti Bridge in Bhaderwah.

Meanwhile, police issued a statement rejecting the angle of cow vigilantism in the murder.

“...no such information has been confirmed. Neither the accused has been identified nor is the motto of killing known,” said a police spokesman.

Condemning the incident, governor Satya Pal Malik urged the people not to take law in their own hands and co-operate with the law enforcing agencies. Malik also directed the police and civil administration to spare no efforts in bringing the culprits to justice.

In Kashmir, separatists had called for a shutdown in protest against the “gruesome killings of innocent civilians Arshad Ahmad Dar (Pattan), Raies Ahmad Dar (Pulwama) and Nayeem Ahmad Shah (Baderwah)” during anti-terror operations.

Shops, businesses and educational institutions were closed while public transport was mostly off the roads. The separatists had also called for protest marches after Friday prayers across the state. Authorities had imposed restrictions in parts of old city to prevent the protests. There was heavy deployment of police and Central Reserve Police Forcein sensitive areas.

VALLEY PUT ON ALERT FOR MAY 21

The Kashmir Valley has been put on a three-day alert after intelligence agencies warned of a possible terror attack on defence installations in the area to coincide with the 17th day of Ramzan on May 21.

In the past, militants have chosen the 17th day of Ramzan, the day of the battle of Badr or Jang e Badr to attack security installations in the Valley.

A senior official said though there is no specific input that any particular security installation could be targeted but a general alert is sounded.

First Published: May 18, 2019 01:46 IST