Widespread curfew in Valley; Two dead in protests

SansadTV Bureau
rinagar: A view of deserted Lal Chowk during the curfew in Kashmir valley.  Photo - PTI

rinagar: A view of deserted Lal Chowk during the curfew in Kashmir valley.
Photo – PTI

Kashmir valley continues to remain tense with authorities imposing curfew in all the 10 districts. This is first instance in many years when a curfew is imposed across all district of the valley. Meanwhile, two persons was killed in the clashes between the security forces and locals on Tuesday morning.

To monitor the fragile situation, authorities have pressed helicopters and drones for surveillance.

Restrictions on assembly of large number of people have been imposed in view of the call by separatists for a march to the local office of the United Nations. The Army too has been asked to be on a standby.

The valley has been witnessing spike in protest since over two month now. More than 80 persons have been killed and thousands injured as valley remains locked under curfew post the encounter killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in July.

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. Also, for the first time in 26 years since that no Eid congregations will be held at the Idgah and Hazratbal shrines here.

The sources said that people will, however, be allowed to offer Eid prayers in local mosques.

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh at a public event in Jammu. Photo - PTI

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh at a public event in Jammu.
Photo – PTI

The government has already 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.

The decision to completely ban Internet services was taken after a review of the prevailing law and order situation in the state on the eve of Eid-ul-Zuha festival, according to the authorities.

Meanwhile, Opposition National Conference have slammed the government for its decision to impose curfew, saying it vindicated the party’s claim that the Mehbooba Mufti government had no control over the situation.

“The PDP always loves to compare the situation with 2010 agitation but never ever has there been a curfew on auspicious occasion like Eid before,” the National Conference spokesman told the press.

The authorities have also issued instructions to mobile phone operators including the state-run BSNL to suspend its landline based broadband services in the five districts of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch of Jammu province.

“In view of the present security scenario in Jammu province, there is every apprehension that anti-national elements can create law and order problem for the police, administration for their vested interest”, the communiqu read.

Meanwhile, the Central Reserve Police Force said three of its personnel have been injured in stone-pelting incidents since Monday.

(With inputs from the PTI)