'Anantnag chalo' foiled
The J&K government imposed curfew and severe security restrictions today to foil "Anantnag chalo (march)" call given by hard-line All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Sayed Ali Shah Geelani.Updated: Jul 05, 2010 20:53 IST
The J&K government imposed curfew and severe security restrictions on Monday to foil "Anantnag chalo (march)" call given by hard-line All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Sayed Ali Shah Geelani.
Two youths were killed in police firing after protests broke out in Anantnag town last week. The police, however, claim unidentified gunmen killed them and local eyewitnesses allege the policemen of resorting to indiscriminate fire after the protests.
On Sunday evening, police vehicles fitted with loudspeakers made announcements in various localities in downtown Srinagar and areas of Anantnag, asking residents to stay indoors.
While curfew was strictly imposed in five police station of Srinagar, Anantnag town, Kakapora, there were severe restriction on movement of people and vehicles in rest of the valley and adjoining towns of Anantnag like Mattan, Shopian, Pulwama and Tral.
Anantnag town, 62 km south of Srinagar, was woven with concertina wires and iron barricades to stop vehicular traffic. Only ambulances and doctors were allowed to ply on roads. All shops, schools, banks and government offices remained closed for the second week on Monday, except for last Sunday where there was no shutdown call by separatists. Marginal vehicular traffic was observed in Kashmir. A chopper made a number of sorties over Srinagar to spot any assemblage by separatists or by their supporters.
Hundreds of policemen and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in riot gear were deployed in sensitive areas across the valley. The National Highway was also secured by security forces to abort any attempt to march towards Anantnag district.
The police said "the measures have been taken to maintain law and order".
Despite restriction, APHC leader Muhammad Yusuf Falai led dozens of protesters from a mosque at Achindora in Anantnag and passed through peripheries of the town.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, who was released yesterday after more than two weeks of detention, was on Monday rearrested by the police. Most of the APHC leadership, including, Sayed Ali Shah Geelani remains behind the bars.