Curfew-like restrictions imposed in Srinagar to foil separatists’ march
In view of the separatist-called protest march, Jammu and Kashmir authorities on Friday imposed curfew-like restriction in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir Valley to foil the rally.
In order to foil the sit-in and protest march, contingents of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear were deployed in both uptown and old city areas of Srinagar to impose curfew-like restrictions.
Media reports said coils of razor fitted concertina wire were placed on main roads and traffic intersections here by the security forces.
Authorities have ordered restriction on both pedestrian and vehicular movements, except in city outskirts where some private vehicles were seen moving in the morning.
Separatists camp have asked people to march to the state Rajbhavan in the high security Chashma shahi area here as part of their resistance calendar.
Despite all the separatist leaders having being placed under detention since July 9 when the present unrest started in Jammu and Kashmir, separatists have been continuing the protests and shutdowns through weekly calendars mailed to the media. Authorities have been taking no chance to ensure that Friday prayers pass-off peacefully.
Normal life has been affected badly in Jammu and Kashmir since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8. During the last 97 days of ongoing violence, post Friday prayer protests have been taking place across the Valley. At least 91 people have been killed and over 12,000 injured in the over three months of unrest.
Meanwhile, initial police investigations hint that one attacker of the three-day-long Pampore gunfight, was a Pakistani national and active in south Kashmir’s Pulwama for the past five months, reports The Tribune.Police sources said one of the slain militants was operating under the code name Abu Maaz. “Most probably the second militant is Abu Waleed, also a Pakistani, but we are trying to ascertain his identity,” its source was quoted as saying in the report.