Day 48: Rajnath’s visit brings no respite in Kashmir as curfew continues
Even as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s Kashmir visit enters day two on Thursday, the move does not seem to have even a placebo effect on the restive state with the authorities extending curfew in Pulwama district and in some areas of Srinagar and Anantnag town, while restrictions across Valley continued for the 48th consecutive day.
Police official said curfew remains in force in five police station areas of downtown city and Batamaloo and Maisuma areas in uptown.
In order to maintain law and order, curfew was imposed in Pulwama district in view of the recent killing of a youth in a clash, while it continued in Anantnag town.
The authorities had lifted curfew from most areas of Srinagar on Wednesday. In the past two days, the break in curfew allowed movement of people in the city. Many private cars and auto-rickshaws in and around Lal Chowk city centre were seen in large number over the past two days.
However, the official said, restrictions on the assembly of four or more people under Section 144 Crpc will continue to remain imposed in the rest of the Valley until further notice.
Meanwhile, normal life remained paralysed for the 48th consecutive day due to curfew, restrictions and separatist sponsored strike.
Private offices, shops, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport continued to be off roads. The attendance in government offices and banks was also affected, the official said.
In the violence protest and clash with security personnel, more that 60 people, including two policemen, lost their lives and thousand others were injured.
The clashes began on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with in Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.