Kashmir towns under curfew; flights remain suspended
Curfew was extended to all major towns of the Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure today after violent clashes left 17 people dead and over 70 injured, official said in Srinagar. AFSPA row | Your sayindia Updated: Sep 14, 2010 14:38 IST
Curfew was extended to all major towns of the Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure on Tuesday after violent clashes left 17 people dead and over 70 injured, official sources said in Srinagar.
The sources said curfew was imposed in fresh areas as a precautionary measure and to prevent people from pouring out on roads and streets.
Srinagar city, Anantnag, Bijbehara, Awantipora, Lethpora, Pampore and Pulwama towns in south Kashmir and Sopore town in north Kashmir are already under curfew since Sunday.
The new areas that have been brought under the ambit of prohibitory orders include Budgam town, Choon, Mirgund, Ompora, Narkara, Shekhpora, Humhama, I G Road, Gulwanpora, Nadir Gund, Chadoora and Wathoora in central Kashmir's Budgam district.
Curfew was also imposed in Ganderbal and Kangan towns, Kulgam, Qoimoh, Shopian town, Baramulla town, Tangmarg, Kupwara town, Tregham, Kralpora, Handwara, Chotipora, Kulangam and Bandipora town.
A police spokesman said a mob took out the belongings and bedding of police personnel from a police post at Khanabal-Pahalgam Road in Anantnag town on Monday night and set them on fire.
A troops carrier of the state police was torched at Charier Sharief in Budgam district, he said.
All flights to and fro Srinagar were also suspended on Monday for three days in view of the ongoing unrest in Kashmir valley, officials said.
The move to suspend the flights was taken after a security review which decided that ferrying the airport staff and passengers to Awantipora airbase, 32 km from Srinagar, was a security risk, the officials said.
Airforce officials manning the Awantipora airbase refused permission to a Spice Jet flight to land on Monday in view of the deteriorating law and order situation in the valley. The flight returned to Delhi, the officials said.
Fresh violence erupted in Kashmir on Monday, leaving 17 dead, including a policeman and over 70 injured with mobs torching several government properties and a private school after a television report alleged desecration of a holy book in the US.
The state cabinet on Monday condemned the alleged act of desecration and made a fervent appeal to the people not to take law in their own hands.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday voiced concern over the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.
He also sought to reach out to the people in the state, saying their grievances have to be addressed and promised talks within the Indian Constitution with those who abjure violence.