Restrictions in parts of Srinagar over killing of two civilians

The restrictions have been imposed in seven police stations of Srinagar – the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir

india Updated: Jul 02, 2017 17:36 IST
Ashiq Hussain
Ashiq Hussain
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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Restrictions remained in force in parts of Srinagar for the third consecutive day on Sunday in view of a strike called by separatists to protest the killing of two civilians during an anti-militancy operation.(PTI Photo)

Kashmir shut on Sunday over the killing of two civilians, allegedly by security forces during an encounter with militants in south Kashmir on Saturday.

The two civilians – a woman and a youth – were killed on Saturday in the Brinty Dialgam area of Anantnag district.

Businesses, shops and offices were closed while traffic was off the roads in capital Srinagar and other districts in response to the call of separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik. As it was Sunday, government offices and educational institutions were already closed.

Authorities imposed restrictions on the direction of District Magistrate Srinagar in major parts of the old city and some uptown areas. They said that restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC were in force in Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud “as a precautionary measure, to avoid any untoward incident”.

In the first five of these areas, the restrictions have been in force since Friday due to the call for protests by traders on Saturday and separatists on Friday.

The police and CRPF were heavily deployed in sensitive areas of the Valley to prevent any escalation of protests.

“The (government) forces are selectively killing our youth on one hand, on the other entire pro-freedom leadership has been caged, and we are not even allowed to express sympathy and solace with the bereaved families. The ruling regime has crossed all limits of repression and killings; imposition of curfews, restrictions and curbs has become an everyday affair in Kashmir,” the separatists said in a statement on Saturday.

Two Lashkar-e-Tobia militants, including a commander allegedly involved in the killing of six policemen last month, were killed on Saturday in an encounter with the police and the army in Brinty Dialgam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. While Commander Bashir Lashkar was a local, his accomplice Abu Maz was a foreigner, police said.

Police said that a middle aged woman, Tahira, was allegedly killed in a crossfire during the encounter, while a young man named Shahdab Ahmad was hit when the government forces were facing stone-pelters trying to disrupt the operation and help the militants escape. Four other youth were wounded in the clashes.

So far 22 civilians — mostly protesters — have been killed ostensibly in firing by forces since February 15 when army chief General Bipin Rawat warned of stern action against civilians trying to disrupt counter-insurgency operations.

The railway authorities have suspended train services from Srinagar to Baramulla in north Kashmir fearing violence during shutdown. Similarly, trains operating from central Kashmir to south Kashmir have also been cancelled.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 12:02 IST