The Jammu and Kashmir government Saturday imposed curfew in Srinagar and sealed all roads leading to the city’s business centre, Lal Chowk, to foil a planned protest march and a sit-in demonstration by the separatists.
Police detained separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, and Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who heads the hardline faction, outside their homes in the city as the two emerged to lead separate processions.
A police spokesperson said six incidents of stone-pelting were reported from Bandipora, Baramulla and Srinagar, and that two policemen were seriously injured in the clashes.
Meanwhile, Suhail Ahmad Wani, a resident of south Kashmir’s Lethpora village, injured in police firing last week, died at SKIMS Saturday, taking the death toll to 58 since Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was shot by security forces on July 8.
Separatists had asked people to march towards Lal Chowk on Saturday and Sunday and called it a ‘Referendum March’.
On Saturday afternoon, broadband services were suspended across the Valley.