Kashmir: Shutdown, curfew-like restrictions on 71st consecutive day

Curfew-like restrictions and separatist-called shutdown crippled life on the 71st consecutive day on Saturday, even as the death toll mounted to 86 with the killing of a schoolboy in Harwan area of Srinagar.

A police official said curfew has been imposed in the towns of Budgam and Pulwama in view of a call for a march issued by the separatists.

“Curfew has been imposed in Harwan area of Srinagar city this morning while it remains in force in five police station areas of downtown (interior areas) city and Batamaloo,” a police official said.

All shops and other business establishments and educational institutions remained closed for the 71st consecutive day today.

86 civilians have died in forces’ action on protests that erupted a day after the killing of popular militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

Meanwhile, thousands defied a curfew to participate in the funeral prayers of Nasir Shafi, seventh standard student, who died late last night of pellet injuries in Harwan area on the peripheries of Srinagar.

In Ganderbal, a man was seriously injured after forces allegedly fired at protesters.

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