Kashmir Valley under curfew on Eid; choppers, drones keep vigil
In its 67th day of lockdown, the army, which are on standby, will step in if there is fresh outbreak of violence in the Valley
Authorities on Tuesday imposed curfew in all 10 districts of Kashmir Valley forcing people to stay behind closed doors and people have been asked to offer prayers in local mosques for Eid.
Helicopters and drones have been pressed into service for surveillance and restriction on assembly of large number of people have been imposed in view of the call by separatists for a march to the local offices of the United Nations.
In its 67th day of lockdown, the army, which are on standby, will step in if there is fresh outbreak of violence in the Valley.
According to media report, army troops have already been stationed at vantage points in rural areas which have a history of violent protests, they said, adding curfew came in force from midnight.
This is probably for the first time that curfew is in place on the day of Eid festival ever since militancy broke out in the state in 1990.
Government ordered shutdown of Internet services of all telecom networks and also mobile telephony except that of the state-run BSNL for the next 72 hours because of the tense law and order situation in the state.
Kashmir is witnessing a mass civil uprising triggered by the killing of popular militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016. More than 75 civilians have been killed by forces while over 6,000 civilians have been injured in forces action in the violence so far.