Curfew Clamaped as Protests Spread

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Srinagar: At least one protester was killed and dozens of others injured as people took to streets and battled with police and paramilitary forces in many parts of Kashmir valley following the death of a top militant commander who died fighting Indian army early on Saturdsay.

The death of Sabzar Ahmad, Hizbul Mujahedin commander and a close associate of slaim militant commander Burhan Wani in South Kashmir’s Tral township triggered spontaneous shutdown across Kashmir with authorities clamping curfew and snappining mobile internet service to prevent protests from spreading.

Violence still broke out in several parts of the valley as the news about Sabzar’’s killing spread. More than 50 people have been injured in clashes underway in different parts of south, central and north Kashmir besides Srinagar.

A total of 19 people were injured in Tral, home town of Sabzar. While six of them received bullet injuries, others suffered pellet injuries. 

The protests spread to capital Srinagar where people rushed to stock fuel and other essentials fearing prolonged stir, similar to the months-long protests that followed the killing Burhan Wani last year.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone said, “A strict curfew will be imposed in the sensitive parts of capital city falling under the jurisdiction of eight Police Stations including Kralkhud, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safa Kadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Batamaloo and Nowhatta.”

He said that the strict curfew will be imposed as precautionary measures and would continue till further orders. Mobile internet was snapped only a day after it was restored after one month on Friday.

Meanwhile ‘Joint Resistance Leadership’ comprising of two factions of Hurriyat Conference and the JKLF have called for two day shutdown begining Sunday and a march to Tral on May 30th.

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