Govt Re-imposes Curfew in Srinagar After Tuesday Clashes

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SRINAGAR:  Government on Wednesday re-imposed curfew in Srinagar parts on after protests erupted in Srinagar on Tuesday when curfew was lifted in the summer capital.
The authorities have continued with curfew in south Kashmir districts including Islamabad, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama.
“Restrictions will, however, remain imposed at places where breach of peace is apprehended,” a news report quoting a police official said.
A 61-year-old man was killed in Eidgah area on Tuesday after he lost control on his two-wheeler vehicle during clashes between youth and forces.
Police said that his head hit hard with macadamized road resulting in his death.

Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were arrested on Wednesday when they came out of their residences in view of the Kulgam chalo call.
As per the Hurriyat (G) spokesperson, “Geelani was arrested by police outside his residence at 12:45 (noon) and was taken to Police Station Humhama.”
And as per the Hurriyat (M) spokesperson, Mirwaiz Umar was also arrested outside his residence where heavy contingent of police was present when he was leaving to Kulgam.
Pertinently the united resistance leadership have given Kulgam Chalo call today  and asked the people to move towards south Kashmir’s Kulgam district and participate in a rally to be held there after the Zuhar (afternoon) prayers to express solidarity with people and pay glowing tributes to the people who were killed recently.

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 In a brazen attack on the freedom of independent media, a Kashmir-based journalist was ruthlessly assaulted by an unruly mob at Tengpora Srinagar late on Monday.
Syed Ali Safvi, who works as correspondent and producer for Press TV, was driving home when he was ambushed by a group of angry protestors carrying heavy metal rods and stones at Tengpora main chowk at around 6 pm on Monday. 
After seeing Press sticker pasted on the front mirror of the car, protestors turned violent and started hitting the car from all directions. They manhandled the journalist and damaged his car beyond repair. 
According to Safvi, the group of people who had gathered to protest against the killing of Burhan Wani and excesses committed by troops over the past 15 days were furious over what they termed blatant double standards by some sections of media. 
“We work under extremely difficult conditions but still we have always tried to uphold the principles of free and fair journalism,” said Safvi. “But incidents like these make our job even more difficult.”
Many journalists and human rights activists in Kashmir have condemned the incident and urged protestors to show restraint.

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