Shutdown, clashes disrupts life in Kupwara

KUPWARA: Shutdown, restrictions and clashes affected normal life in frontier district of Kupwara and Lolab Valley on Thursday for the third consecutive day.

Reports said that a complete shutdown was observed in Kupwara, Lalpora, Lolab and in other parts of the district. All the shops and business establishments remained closed while transport was off the roads.

Stray stone-pelting incidents were reported from different parts of the town including Kupwara, Lalpora and Khurhama.

Eyewitnesses said that scores of youth resorted to stone-pelting in Lalpora after which police held a meeting with the elders of the area urging them to stress upon the youth to refrain from stone pelting.

“We had a meeting with the police in which we demanded that CRPF personnel deployed in Lalpora should be removed. We feel the presence of the troopers on roads is the main cause of stone-pelting while the police assured us that they will be removed soon after peace prevails in the area,” one of the Lalpora residents said.

A police official said that situation in the frontier district remained peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the district.

Sources said that reinforcement s have been dispatched to the town to maintain law and order in wake of shut down call given by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Friday. “We don’t want to take any chances and restrictions on the movement will likely be there on Friday as well,” a police official said.

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