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Curfew in parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure

Life in Kashmir continues to remain disrupted as shops and educational institutions remain closed.

Written by Express News Service | Srinagar |
August 11, 2010 12:14:12 pm

Strict curfew and restrictions were imposed in Srinagar and other towns of Kashmir Valley on Wednesday as separatists called for march to Pampore town to observe the death anniversary of Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz. Three persons were injured in protests in North Kashmir’s Baramulla town when police and Paramilitary forces used force to disperse the protestors.

Tension has again heightened in the Valley after the recovery of a teenager’s body from a stream in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district late Tuesday evening. Thousands of people offered the funeral prayers of 19-year-old Syed Farrukh Bukhari,whose body was fished out from Ningli stream in Choora village after he was allegedly killed in police custody.

At least three persons were injured when police and paramilitary forces fired tear some shells to disperse a procession coming from Palhalan area to attend the boy’s funeral. Bukhari relatives allege that he had been arrested by the security forces from Kreeri village on July 28,after which he had gone missing.

Although the J-K government had deployed stringent restriction across the Valley to fail Hurriyat’s Pampore Chalo march,people are making repeated attempts to defy curfew and come on streets to protest against the killings. Since morning today,protests broke out at several places in north and south Kashmir.

In south Kashmir’s Pampore and Pulwama towns hundreds of youth took to the streets and protested against the police. The angry protestors shouted pro-freedom,anti-India and anti-police slogans and made repeated attempts to make the Hurriyat’s call a success. Protests also broke out in North Kashmir’s Palhallan,Kreeri and Baramulla areas.

The Hardline Hurriyat faction has asked people to observe a complete shutdown on August 11 and to march towards Pampore town,where Sheikh Abdul Aziz,a senior leader of the moderate Hurriyat faction,is buried. Aziz was killed in police firing in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district during the ‘Muzaffarabad Chalao’ march on Aug 11,2008.

In the wake of separatist Pampore Chello march all the shops,businesses establishments,educational institutions,banks and post offices remained shut in Valley. Transport also remained off the roads.

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