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Kashmir unrest: 42nd day of curfew in Valley as separatists prepare for protest march

"Curfew has been extended to many towns including Aripathan and Magam areas in Budgam district to maintain law and order," a police official said.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Published: August 19, 2016 11:51 am
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Curfew was on Friday extended to several places in Kashmir as a precautionary measure in view of the call for a march to Aripthan area of Budgam district given by separatists against the death of four civilians in clashes between CRPF and protesters there on August 16.

“Curfew has been extended to many towns including Aripathan and Magam areas in Budgam district to maintain law and order,” a police official said.

Normal life remained paralysed for the 42nd day in the Valley which has been rocked by violence after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

Curfew also remained in force in entire Srinagar district, Anantnag town, Pampore town, Shopian town, Khanpora in Baramulla, Ganderbal town and Kaloosa in Bandipora district today, the official said.

Restrictions on the movement of the people were in force in rest of the Valley.

The separatist camp, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, has extended the agitation till August 25. They had called for a march to Aripthan area of Budgam today.

Schools, colleges and private offices remained closed while public transport remained off roads. The attendance in government offices was thin. Mobile internet and telephony services also remained suspended.

As many as 64 persons including two police personnel have been killed and several thousand others injured in the clashes that began on July 9.

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  1. F
    Firoz Alam
    Aug 19, 2016 at 5:09 pm
    Unrest in Kashmir belies peoples government in Kashmir. It denies peoples sanctions to remain in power. Situation there demands immediate attention. But govt as well as other political parties are indulged in petty politics of exploiting their voters sentiments. Statements that come from them are not aimed at Kashmir but are aimed at public sentiments out of Kashmir, aimed at elections in UP and other states due in 2017. Rhetorics of electricity in village which is at three hours journey distance from Delhi was aimed at UP election in mind. Mention of Balochistan was also aimed in that direction which left other political parties with no choice. Do these motives show or prove govt's seriousness on Kashmir ? PM spoke on dalit atrocities only after he realized it was going against his party. And it is gone even after his condemnation of dalit flogging in Una. He spoke on Kashmir only to satisfy his core voters, not to pacify Kashmir. Govt in Kashmir now seems meaningless, situation proves the govt there isn't peoples govt.
    1. S
      Aug 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm
      If the call of the separatists and the stanis are heard with discipline,that means the State Administration has not lost its writ of administration.lt;br/gt;PDP has won the majority in the valley and Kashmir while the BJP has Jammu.If PDP cannot restore order,it should withdraw from the coaltion
      1. I
        Aug 20, 2016 at 12:52 am
        Why don't they require the organizers of peaceful protest march to register with the state police and solely held responsible in the event there is violence or damage to public property as a result of it, disregard of who indulges in it? Indian National Congress and their cronies in politics had all along encouraged such protests across the country without any liability to the organizers. It is time the law enforcement held them responsible and insute legal proceedings against them in the event of breach of peace.