Kashmir: Curfew continues, newspapers fail to hit stands for second day
An official curfew and a shutdown called by the separatists continue to paralyse normal life for the 11th consecutive day in Kashmir Valley on Monday, even as officials said Sunday was the first day without any civilian casualty since violence engulfed the Valley on July 9.
The unrest began after the killing of Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani in a gunfight with security forces on July 8.
“A violent mob attacked a camp of the Rashtriya Rifles in the Saderkot area of Bandipora district yesterday (Sunday) forcing the soldiers to open fire in self-defence. Four protesters were injured in the incident. Except for stray incidents of stone pelting at some places, the overall law and order situation remained calm yesterday (Sunday) across the Valley,” a senior police officer said.
Over a week-long cycle of violence left 40 protesters and two policemen dead in Kashmir. The authorities officially confirmed that newspaper owners were asked not to publish newspapers till July 19 (Tuesday).
However, cable television services were resumed after service providers took off all Pakistan TV channels and two private Indian channels.
All mobile phone services, including Internet and call facilities, have been snapped across the Valley. Limited call facility continues on post-paid cell phones provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
Closure of the strategic Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for over a week has caused shortage of essential items in the Valley. All supplies of essentials of life are routed into the landlocked Valley through this highway.
Train services between Baramulla town in the Valley and Bannihal town in Jammu region also remain suspended for the 11th day. Separatist leaders continue to remain under house arrest and preventive detention in summer capital Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the Centre rushed another 20 companies of paramilitary forces to assist the state government in maintaining law and order in the trouble-torn Valley.