Naikoo Killing:Restrictions Tightened Across Kashmir


Forces personnel stand guard at a checkpoint in Srinagar. KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar- Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed across the Kashmir valley on Friday as authorities apprehend street protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo in an encounter with state forces.

Concertina wires and heavy deployment of forces personnel dotted the roads around densely populated areas of the city and elsewhere in the valley to ensure that only people with movement passes were out of their homes, officials said.

They said while the government is strictly enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown, the additional restrictions were imposed on Friday to ensure that the day passes off peacefully.

Naikoo and his aide were killed in an encounter with state forces in Beighpora area of Awantipora on Wednesday, prompting authorities to snap mobile telephony and Internet services in the valley.

Restrictions were also imposed in most parts of the valley including Srinagar city soon after the news about Naikoo’s killing spread.

A civilian was killed and 15 others were injured in clashes with state forces in Awantipora area of Pulwama district, hours after Naikoo and his associate were killed on Wednesday.

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