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Day 94: Curfew continues to paralyse life in Srinagar

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
Srinagar: A view of deserted roads of Srinagar as authorities clamp curfew and restrictions amid protest shutdown called by separatists in Srinagar on Aug 2, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

To maintain law and order condition and in view of the eighth day of Muhurram, the authorities on Monday clamped curfew on 11 police station areas of Srinagar  as a precautionary measure, media reports have said.

According to police officials, the police station areas in which the curbs on the movement of people have been imposed are Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Ram Munshi Bagh, Kralkhud, Shaheed Gunj, Karan Nagar and Batamaloo.

Recently on Saturday, fresh tension ensued in Srinagar after a 13-year-old boy succumbed to head injuries sustained during pellet firing, in the wee hours and protesters took to the street following his death. The authorities imposed curfew as a precautionary measure on seven police station areas of Srinagar city.

On Friday, Junaid Ahmad Bhat of Saidpora was grievously injured after the security forces opened pellet firing at a mob, following which he was immediately rushed to Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Soura, where he succumbed to his injuries early on Saturday.

The authorities had also imposed curfew in many parts of Srinagar, including Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma and Batamaloo, to prevent a protest march called by separatists towards the United Nations’ office in the city on Saturday.

The traditional Muharram procession used to pass through these areas, but have been banned since eruption of militancy in 1990 as authorities maintain that the religious gathering has been used for propagating separatist politics.

Meanwhile, normal life remained affected for the 94th consecutive day in the rest of the Valley following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

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. The unrest has claimed as many as 84 lives and left thousands injured in clashes between protesters and security forces.

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