Kashmir Valley Locked Down, Curfew Re-imposed in Srinagar

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Srinagar : After relaxation period in curfew on Tuesday witnessed sporadic protests, authorities Wednesday re-imposed restrictions across Kashmir, including in most parts of the capital city, in the wake of Hurriyat call for march to Kulgam.

Curfew was re-imposed in entire Kulgam district and Anantnag town as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” a police official said.

According to police, the curfew was also imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of police stations of Khanyar, Rainawari, Maharaj Gunj, Safa Kadal and Nowhatta in Srinagar. Restrictions were also imposed on assembly of four or more persons in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Maisuma and Kralkhud police stations.

Restrictions also remained in place in other districts of the valley. Authorities partially restored mobile telephone services, which were snapped in Srinagar on July 15 midnight.

“Postpaid mobile connections were restored late last night in view of the improving situation in the Valley,” another official said.

While some prepaid connections were also working but it wasn’t clear if all connections have been restored.

Meanwhile, normal life remained paralysed for the 19th consecutive day in view of a strike called by the separatist camp, which had called for a march to Kulgam district for paying tribute to those killed there.

Schools, colleges and business establishments remained closed while public transport remained off roads. Attendance in government offices was very thin, an official said. 

While severe restrictions continue to remain in place the protesters, especially the youth, continued to target Govt forces with stones. 

Geelani, Mirwaiz detained

The leaders of two factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were today detained when they tried to defy the restrictions and march towards Kulgam- which has seen 10 deaths in the current unrest.

Both the leaders had called for ‘Kulgam Chalo’ as part of the protest program they have been spearheading since July 9 after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.

Geelani was detained by police after he tried to defy house arrest. Geelani tried to march towards Kulgam to participate in a rally for expressing solidarity with people but was later taken to Police Station Humhama.

Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained while he was leaving for Kulgam. A heavy contingent of Police arrived at Mirwaiz’s residence and took him in custody. 

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