Curfew, restrictions in Kashmir to prevent violence

Claudine Rigal
Mai 31, 2017

The curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Kralkhud and Maisuma police station areas.

After the death of the two militants on Saturday morning, pro-independent protests erupted across the region with unarmed civilians clashing with Indian forces.

The separatists have called for a march to Tral town on Tuesday.

Defying terrorists' threats and Hurriyat's bandh call, almost 1,300 Kashmiri youths appeared in the Army's common entrance exam on Sunday in the Valley, which has been hit by fresh protests following the killing of Hizbul militant Sabzar Bhat.

While restrictions under Section 144 Cr Pc were imposed in Kupwara, Badgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora in north Kashmir, in south Kashmir's districts of Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian, tight security was imposed to ensure that minimum number of people attended Bhat's funeral.

However, the protesters alleged he was killed during clashes with the security forces.

Several armed rebel groups are fighting against Indian rule, with tens of thousands of people, majority civilians, killed in the almost three decades-old conflict.

An Indian army soldier takes position in the area where suspected militants have taken refuge during a gunbattle at Saimoh village, in Tral area, about 45 Kilometres south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, May 27, 2017.

NEW DELHI Two separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir - Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate and Javed Ahmed Baba alias "Gazi" of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat - will reportedly appear before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Delhi on Monday.

Meanwhile, normal life elsewhere in the Valley remained affected due to a two-day strike called by separatists to protest the killing of the two militants and the alleged use of "brute force" against protesters.

"If we continue to take appropriate measures in this direction, we will bring Kashmiri youth on the right path", he added. The initiative has begun.

Indian authorities said that the curfew in parts of the region will remain in force till further orders.

Public transport went off the roads throughout the Valley as people rushed home in their private vehicles while others walked long distances. Train services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns have also be cancelled. No tourist movement was witnessed anywhere in the Valley today as most people preferred to remain indoors.

Police said that the situation remained "under control, barring minor" incidents of stone pelting at few places.

Accusing India of carrying out "extra-judicial killings", Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said "12 people in Kashmir were killed by the Indian forces in Pulwama and Barmulla", Dawn reported.

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