Eid Droned in Kashmir

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Srinagar: Authorities have decided to impose strict curfew in all 10 districts of the Kashmir valley on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha on Tuesday while all mobile phone services, except BSNL post-paid connections, and internet services have been indefinitely suspended.

The spokesman said that unmanned aerial vehicles including drones and choppers would be put into service at all places “to keep tab on the activities of miscreants and subversive elements.” The decision was taken at a high level security meeting in Srinagar on Monday evening. This, the spokesman said, was done in view of the strike and protest call given by the separatists on Eid-ul-Azha. The restrictions are aimed at preventing people from assembling and going to the United Nations office in Sonawar, as separatists have called for.

Army troops have already been stationed at vantage points in rural areas, adding curfew will be in force from midnight tonight.

This is probably for the first time that curfew will be in place on the day of Eid festival ever since militancy broke out in the state in 1990. No Eid congregations will be held at the Idgah and Hazratbal shrines here.

They also said Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone and Reliance telecom have been ordered to shut down their services with immediate effect for 72 hours. The BSNL too has been asked to stop its broadband services for internet.

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