Curfew will be imposed in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley on Eid in anticipation to the planned separatists’ march to the offices of United Nations. Mobile and internet services, barring state-run BSNL, have already been suspended for 72 hours in Kashmir. The decision to impose curfew throughout Kashmir was taken by the government to prevent any outbreak of violence.
According to news agency PTI, this is for the first time in 26 years since the onset of militancy that no Eid congregations will be held at the Idgah and Hazratbal shrines in Kashmir. Security has been heightened and adequate number of personnel were deployed to stop clashes with protesters from spilling on to the streets. Helicopters and drones will be used for security and surveillance purposes in the Valley tomorrow. The Army was asked to be on standby and will be deployed at strategic points.
Curfew was briefly lifted ahead of the all-party delegation visit to the Valley to open a dialouge with all the stake holders in the state. However, the parliamentarians returned to Delhi after Separatists refused to engage in talks. The death toll in the ongoing protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujhahideen commander Burhan Wani rose to 77 in Kashmir.