Authorities on Thursday imposed curfew in several Srinagar old city areas as well as in the three towns of Kupwara district while rest of the Valley observed complete shutdown against Kupwara killings.
All the shops and other business establishments were closed while the private traffic remained off the roads throughout the day. A heavy contingent of police and paramilitary CRPF were deployed in old city areas of Srinagar and Handwara town and blocked all the roads with barricades and concertina wires to curtail pedestrian and vehicular movement in these areas.
According to an official, “The decision to impose restrictions was taken to thwart any possible protests in old city areas and in the three towns of Kupwara district.” The official said that the restrictions remained in force for the second consecutive day in areas falling under the jurisdiction of six police stations in Srinagar and Langate, Kupwara, and Handwara towns in Kupwara district.
The restricted areas include Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R.Ganj, Safa Kadal and Maisama. Minor clashes erupted between youth and forces in Habba Kadal area while no injury was reported till the report was last filed.
Protests also erupted in Zainakote area of HMT while four youth were reportedly injured. “Four youth received minor injuries and were shifted to hospital for treatment,” locals said. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone said that the situation across the Srinagar remained under control. “There were no reports of clashes across Srinagar,” he said.
In north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, authorities imposed curfew in Langate, Kupwara, and Handwara town while the rest parts of the Kupwara district observed complete shutdown. All the shops and other business establishments remained closed while the traffic was off the roads. Clashes erupted between youth and forces in Magam, Handwara and other areas of Handwara while no injury was reported till the report was last filed.
However, Director Inspector General (DIG) north Kashmir, Uttam Chand said that the situation across the north Kashmir remained under control throughout the day. “No protests or clashes took place throughout the day,” he said. Similarly, South Kashmir observed shutdown against Kupwara killings.
Clashes erupted between youth and forces in Tahab area of Pulwama district though no injury or loss of life was reported. Meanwhile, mobile and internet services were also suspended in Kashmir from Wednesday evening. The suspension of the service was only in north Kashmir, but now it is all across the Valley. The shutdown call was given by all the factions of Hurriyat including Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik against the Handwara killings by forces from Tuesday.