Curfew reimposed in Valley; Rajnath dials Mehbooba

RSTV Bureau
Srinagar: Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Governor of J&K  N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during their meeting in Srinagar, July 24, 2016.  Photo - PTI

Srinagar: Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Governor of J&K N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during their meeting in Srinagar, July 24, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti where the two are learnt to have discussed the prevailing situation in the state. Curfew is reimposed in four districts of south Kashmir and Srinagar city in view of the march called by the separatist outfits on Friday.

The situation in Kashmir valley remains fragile following the July 8 encounter of militancy poster boy and Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. 48 people, including a policeman, have been killed and over thousand injured in the clashes between protestors and the security forces.

Rajnath’s telephone call to the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister comes a day after she told the press that neither she nor the security forces were aware of Burhan Wani’s presence during the raid at his hideout.

“I feel if they knew, perhaps we would not have such a situation when the overall situation in the state was improving, so it could have been a chance,” she had said on Thursday, adding “as far as I know, what I heard from police, army, who said they only knew that there were three militants but did not know who”.

Srinagar: Protesters throw stones on police amid tear smoke during a clash in Srinagar, July 10, 2016. Photo - PTI

Srinagar: Protesters throw stones on police amid tear smoke during a clash in Srinagar, July 10, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The remarks had since drawn flak from the main opposition party J&K National Conference, who had alleged her of being fully aware of the July 8 encounter.

“I’m going by the first on record statement by Jammu and Kashmir Police to the media that the CM (chief minister) was kept fully informed of the encounter. At no point in the first Jammu and Kashmir Police media briefing was it ever suggested that they didn’t know who was trapped,” Omar said in a series of tweets.

Meanwhile, curfew was reimposed in parts of the valley on Friday with the authorities clamping restrictions in view of the march called by the separatists in Srinagar.

“There is curfew in entire south Kashmir and Srinagar, while restrictions have been imposed in north and central Kashmir,” a police official said. All the four districts of south Kashmir — Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian — were under curfew to maintain law and order, the police said.

On Thursday, the authorities had lifted curfew and restrictions from across the Valley, except Anantnag town, after some improvement in the situation. While the mobile internet services continue to remain snapped in the entire Valley, the postpaid mobile telephony services have been restored across all networks.

The incoming facility on prepaid connections has also been restored, but the outgoing calls are barred on such numbers.

The separatist camp has extended the shutdown call in Kashmir till July 31.

(With inputs from the PTI)