Curfew in Kashmir valley amidst shutdown call after Sabzar Bhat death
Curfew, restrictions and a call for shutdown by separatists crippled normal life in Kashmir on Monday, two days after popular Hizbul Mujahedeen militant Sabzar Bhat was killed in an encounter in south Kashmir.
Officials said curfew was imposed under police station areas in Srinagar city and restrictions were imposed in several other parts of districts like Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla.
The Valley’s joint separatist leadership had called for a shutdown on Monday due to which most shops and business establishments remained shut while public transport stayed out of roads.
Separatists have called for a March to Tral on Tuesday.
Chief of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest while Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief, Yasin Malik was arrested and shifted to the central jail on Sunday.
Hardliner Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Geelani has been under continued house arrest.
The Valley has been tense since Saturday after Bhat and an accomplice were killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Saimoh village of Pulwama.
Bhat was the local chief of the home-grown militant organisation and is believed to have succeeded Burhan Wani, whose encounter death in July 2016 set off violent street protests in the Kashmir Valley that left at least 100 people, most of them civilians, dead.
Mobile internet and telephone services on pre-paid numbers have remained suspended since Saturday.