Curfew-like restrictions imposed in south Kashmir

Srinagar: Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in Kulgam and Shopian districts in south Kashmir Monday in , where two person were killed and over a dozen others were injured when government forces fired pellets, bullets and burst teargas shells to disperse demonstrators after four militants were killed in an encounter.

Police said that keeping in view the strike call, the authorities imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Kulgam and Shopian districts to prevent any violence. However, the situation on the ground was entirely different as people were being directed to remain indoor by the security forces who are making repeated announcements that curfew has been imposed.

 Hundreds of government forces including state police personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons have been deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters, a report from Kulgam said. The main roads have been closed with barbed wire and people were being directed to remain inside their houses.

People alleged that they were not even allowed to purchase essentials, including milk, vegetables and bread today.

Similar situation prevailed in Shopian where security forces and state police personnel remained deployed to maintain law and order.

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