Curfew, restrictions in Kashmir Valley to prevent violence after Hizbul commander Sabzar Bhat's killing

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama yesterday.
Army personnel outside the house where Sabzar...
India TV News Desk Srinagar May 28, 2017 12:50 IST

Authorities in Kashmir today imposed curfew-like restrictions in many parts of the valley as a pre-emptive measure to prevent spread of violent protests which took place yesterday, following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama. 

Separatists have also called for a two-day shutdown over the "use of force" against the protesters following Bhat’s killing. One civilian was killed and at least 30 people were injured in violent clashes between protesters and security forces in the Kashmir Valley.

The restrictions have been imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar, officials said.

Restrictions have been imposed in Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Kralkhud and Maisuma police station areas of the city till further orders as a precautionary measure in view of the prevailing law and order situation. 

The educational institutions in the city will also remain close on Monday. 

However, the district administration has said that the admit cards of students appearing in competitive examinations today would be treated as curfew passes, while the staff posted as invigilators can use their identity cards as curfew passes. 

Restrictions have also been imposed in Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir and in the township of Sopore in north Kashmir, the officials said. 

They said restrictions on movement of people under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed in the districts of Budgam and Ganderbal in central Kashmir to maintain law and order. 

The officials said the curbs had to be imposed in these areas as a pre-emptive measure to prevent spread of violent protests which took place yesterday following the killing of Bhat and another militant in the encounter in Tral area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district. 

Elsewhere in the valley, normal life was hit due to strike called by separatist groups. 

At least 30 persons were injured in violent clashes between protestors and security forces in various parts of the valley following the killing of the two Hizbul Mujahideen militants. 

Bhat was buried this morning at a graveyard in Ratsuna area of Tral where hundreds of people had gathered. 

A civilian was also killed allegedly in cross firing between militants and security forces during the encounter yesterday. 

The separatists have called for a two-day shutdown to protest the killing of the two militants. 

The authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in the valley, while the outgoing call facility on prepaid numbers has also been snapped as a precautionary measure.

"We condemn the use of brute force against the unarmed civilians, injuring hundreds of them and call for a strike on Sunday and Monday," a joint statement from separatists -- chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chief Yasin Malik, said here. 

The separatists asked people in the valley to turn up in large numbers in Tral on Tuesday to pay tributes to the slain militants. 

They said that calling for a strike has become necessary to protest the "state terrorism" unleashed by the forces on the civilian protesters.

(With PTI inputs) 

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