Additional security in Valley after Separatists’ bandh call

RSTV Bureau
Budgam: A group of youth pelting stones on security forces during an anti-militant operation at village Durbugh in Chadoora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district, March 28, 2017. Photo - PTI

Budgam: A group of youth pelting stones on security forces during an anti-militant operation at village Durbugh in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, March 28, 2017.
Photo – PTI

After the deadly clashes on Tuesday which left 3 civilians dead and more than 60 security personnel injured, extra forces were deployed in sensitive areas of Kashmir Valley. Normal life has been disrupted due to a strike called by separatists to protest the killing of civilians during a clash with security forces.

In view of the situation, Kashmir University, Central University Kashmir and Islamic University of Science and Technology have postponed all examinations scheduled for Wednesday.

Three civilians were killed and 18 others were injured yesterday as security forces clashed with stone-pelters trying to disrupt an anti-militancy operation which ended with the killing of a militant in Budgam district of Kashmir.

Most of the shops, business establishments and fuel stations were shut in Srinagar in view of the strike, while educational institutions remained closed in the city, the officials said.

Budgam: Local protesters try to disrupt an anti-militant operation at village Durbugh in Chadoora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district, March 28, 2017. Photo - PTI

Budgam: Local protesters try to disrupt an anti-militant operation at village Durbugh in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, March 28, 2017.
Photo – PTI

They said public transport was minimal, while private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were plying in some areas of the city.

Similar reports of shutdown were received from most other district headquarters of the Valley, the officials said.

They said extra deployment of security forces has been made in sensitive areas like Chadoora, in central Kashmir’s Budgam district where the killings took place as well as in downtown areas of the city here to maintain law and order.

The separatists, including chairmen of both Hurriyat factions – Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik, yesterday asked people to observe a shutdown today to protest the killings.

They also asked the people to hold protests after congregational prayers on Friday.

(With inputs from the PTI)