Curbs Disrupt Normal Life in Kupwara

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KUPWARA: Authorities on Friday imposed restrictions in parts of this north Kashmir district to thwart any possible protest against the civilian killing by army here on Thursday.

A civilian identified as Muhammad Yousuf Bhat was killed by the security forces during the protests in the area. Three army men, including a Captain and two militants were killed on Thursday after the militants attacked an army garrison in Panzgam village of the district.

The locals took to streets demanding  bodies of the two slain militants during which the forces opened fire killing a 55 year old civilian.

The authorities today imposed restriction in the parts of the district to thwart any possible protest against the killing of Bhat.

Witnesses said that a huge contingent of forces was deployed on the roads to thwart the possible protests. They said that the forces had erected concertina wires on some of the roads as well.

Meanwhile other parts of the district observed a complete shutdown against yesterday’s civilian killing.

All the shops and business establishments remained closed in the area while the vehicular movement was thin on roads.

Meanwhile, sporadic clashes erupted in Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district after Friday congregational prayers.

Witnesses said that the groups of youth assembled on the roads after prayers and clashed with forces.

Witnesses said that a small rally from the Jamia Masjid Sopore chanting anti-India slogans marched towards main Chowk Sopore but the rally was disrupted by police following which the clashes erupted in Batapora area between the youth and the forces.

The forces fired tear smoke shells to disperse the youth who were throwing stones on them.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kupwara, G M Dar said that the situation in the district remained peaceful and under control.

He said that no untoward incident occurred throughout the day in the district.

 

 

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