With curfew continuing in some parts of the Valley for the 17th day, J&K Police and paramilitary personnel Monday foiled a march by separatists towards south Kashmir’s Anantnag town.
Two senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were detained outside their homes when they tried to defy curfew.
The separatists had called for an “Anantnag Chalo” march to protest killing of civilians in south Kashmir.
The toll is now 48, and Anantnag town has suffered most casualties in the protests triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
Police used teargas shells to disperse protesters as villagers from Tral, Bijbehera, Matipora and neighboring villagers tried to head towards Anantnag town.
More than 10 protesters were injured in Monday’s demonstrations. Protests were also reported from north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Sopore. Police termed the situation in the Valley as normal.
A police spokesman also said Karwan-i-Aman bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, which was suspended due to protests, has resumed.