Curfew Keeps Lid on Kashmir Situation

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Srinagar — The situation in the Kashmir Valley was relatively peaceful on Monday as authorities enforced an internet gag and continued with curfew-like restrictions at a number of places, for the second consecutive day, fearing protests over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat.

Meanwhile, the two-day strike call given by the ‘Joint Resistance’ Leadership against the militant’s killing affected normal life in the areas which were curfew free. 
“Situation remained by and large peaceful throughout the Kashmir Valley,” a police spokesman said. He said there was a report about a stray incident of stone-pelting on a CRPF camp in Tahab area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A group of miscreants pelted stones on the camp but police and security forces, using “maximum restraint”, chased them away, the spokesman said. No one was injured, he added.

Curfew-like restrictions continued in parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order following the killing of Sabzar in an encounter with army last Saturday.

In Srinagar, curfew-like restrictions were in place in seven police station areas—Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Kralkhud and Maisuma. Similar restrictions continued in Anantnag and Shopian districts and Pulwama town in south Kashmir and in the township of Sopore in north Kashmir. In central Kashmir’s Budgam and Ganderbal districts, restrictions on the assembly of people under Section 144 of the CrPc also continued for the second day.

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The curbs in these areas were imposed as a pre-emptive measure to prevent violence like that witnessed on Saturday, immediately after Bhat was killed along with his associate in the encounter in Soimoh area of Tral in Pulwama district.

The separatist leaders—Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik—have called for a march to Tral on Tuesday to pay tributes to the slain militants. To prevent them from leading any protest marches, the authorities on Sunday arrested Malik from his residence and put Geelani and Mirwaiz under house detention.

Mobile internet services in the Valley have been suspended and the outgoing call facility on prepaid numbers has also been snapped as a precautionary measure.

Kashmir University has postponed all examinations which were scheduled to be held on Monday and Tuesday. A spokesman of the university said fresh dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified later. The Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora, also postponed an examination scheduled for Monday.

Schools and colleges have also been closed for two days in Srinagar and Pulwama.

Curbs to Continue Today

The authorities on Monday said that the restrictions will continue in sensitive areas of Kashmir on Tuesday while the schools and colleges will also remain closed.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan said that the restrictions in sensitive areas of Kashmir will remain in force on Tuesday as precautionary measures.

Class work in all the schools/Higher Secondary Institutions and Colleges of Kashmir Valley shall also remain suspended tomorrow (May 30) as a precautionary measure, he said.

Pertinently, the curfew like restrictions were imposed in the most parts of the Valley since Sunday following the killing of two Hizb militants including a top commander, Sabzar Bhat and a civilian on Saturday.

The killing of Hizb leader triggered massive clashes at various places across the Valley in which several youth including cops sustained injuries.

 

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