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Curfew in parts of Kashmir as separatists call for march to Hizb militant’s funeral

Much of the Valley has been shut down since Burhan Wani’s successor as Hizbul commander Sabzar Bhat was killed on Saturday

india Updated: May 30, 2017 12:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Soldiers question a man on a motorcycle at a temporary checkpoint during restrictions in Srinagar on Monday. (Mukhtar Khan/AP photo)

Restrictions and curfew were imposed in several parts of Kashmir on Tuesday after separatists called for a march to Tral, the hometown of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sabzar Bhat who was killed in an encounter on Saturday.

The Valley’s joint separatist leadership that includes Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik urged people to head to Tral to pay tributes to Bhat and seven militants killed in two gunfights.

Srinagar city is under curfew and with a large number of CRPF personnel and policemen deployed in the state capital. Major markets, business establishments and educational institutes remained shut, while only few private vehicles were seen on roads in some parts.

Restrictions have also been imposed in several major towns of Valley.

Authorities have suspended mobile internet services in Kashmir and outgoing calls on prepaid numbers have been barred.

All schools and colleges across Kashmir also remained suspend on Tuesday.

The restrictions have been in place since Bhat was killed, and the news of his death triggered spontaneous protests on Saturday.

First Published: May 30, 2017 12:05 IST