Restrictions imposed in Srinagar to ward off protests
Authorities have imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar and Kashmir’s Kupwara district to thwart protests called by the separatists against the killing of four people. “To maintain law and order, restrictions will remain in force in areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations of Srinagar city today (Friday),” Farooq Ahmad Lone, district magistrate, Srinagar said.
The areas placed under restrictions fall under Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R.Gunj, Safa Kadal, Kralkhud and Maisuma police stations. Restrictions have also been imposed in Handwara and Kupwara towns of Kupwara district and Pulwama town in south Kashmir.
Heavy deployment of police and paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) has been made at sensitive areas here and all other district headquarters of the Valley.
Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for protests against the killings of four people by security forces in Kupwara district. The restrictions come after separatist leaders were detained.
Mobile Internet services were suspended as many people took to social networking sites earlier to vent their anger following the killing of four persons in security forces’ firing in Handwara earlier this week. Photographs and videos of security forces’ “atrocities” were being uploaded on Facebook and Twitter.com and circulated through WhatsApp.
Rail services remained suspended for the second day Thursday for security reasons.
Two youth — Iqbal Ahmad and Nayeem Bhat — were killed in firing by security forces on protestors in Handwara town Which erupted recently after alleged molestation of a girl student by soldiers. A woman Raja Begum (55) who was injured in the firing, succumbed to her injuries at a hospital recently.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has decided to take prompt action over the incidents and has directed security forces to strictly follow the SOPs (standard operating procedures) during crowd control operations so that no civilian is harmed. Before leaving for Srinagar she held meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, and some other ministers to discuss pressing issues. The law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the backdrop of Handwawara incidents also figured in the discussions. She also met BJP president, Amit Shah. (IANS , agencies)