Curfew lifted, clashes begin in kashmir

Curfew lifted, clashes begin in kashmir

Cheryl Sanders
August 31, 2016

Restrictions had been lifted early Monday in most parts of Kashmir Valley, including the main city of Srinagar, but thousands of protesters across the disputed region took to the streets, making authorities to re-impose curfew in several areas. "Curfew has been lifted from Kashmir except from Pulwama town and the areas in Srinagar falling under the jurisdiction of police stations M R Gunj and Nowhatta", a police official said.

The current violence, the worst to hit the region since 2010, was triggered by the July 8 killing of a popular separatist leader, Burhan Wani, in a gunbattle with forces.

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However, the restrictions had to be re-impos-ed in some parts of summer capital Srinagar, including Batamallo, Sayeda Kadal, Kani Ka-dal, Guzarbal, Babade-mb and Saidpora following renewed street clashes and stone-pelting incidents.

Officials, however, said the delegation has no plans to meet any separatist leader who have been put under detention. He appealed to the people to remain steadfast, as people pledged to continue the ongoing movement.

Seeking to strike a chord with the people of Kashmir, he said if any life is lost in the valley, whether of any youth or any securityman, "that loss is ours, of our own, of our own country".

But the separatists continued their Protest in the Valley even after lifting the Curfew. In Kashmir, there are hardly any areas which have not seen protests. "Greater movement of traffic and people was observed across the valley including the city Srinagar", it said. The shutdown call was issued by Anjuman-e-Islamia, Bhaderwah and Bar Association Doda.

Later, the rally was held peacefully, he said.

Although the union home minister recently announced that the alternative to pellet guns was on its way, doctors at SMHS Hospital, where most of the severely injured in pellet firing, are admitted, said they are working in a "war like situation".

While Syed Ali Geelani has been placed under house arrest, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was three days back shifted to a tourist hut in high security Chashma Shahi area of Srinagar city.

They also fired teargas shells to foil the "Wathoo chalo" programme called by the locals triggering clashes during which scores of people including a national TV reporter identified as Aijaz Ahmad sustained injuries.

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