Curfew, restrictions, strike cripple life in Valley21 August 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Curfew was imposed in some parts of the summer capital of the State and three other towns of the Valley even as security forces today cracked down on stone pelters in Tengpora and adjoining areas of the city, detaining over 40 persons. Elsewhere, barring some minor incidents of stone pelting by protestors on security forces, the law and order situation in the Valley remained peaceful. Curfew was imposed in eight police station areas in the summer capital today as a precautionary measure to prevent any protests by the separatist elements, official sources said. They said the areas which were brought under curfew included Batamaloo, Bemina, Qamarwari, Nowhatta, Kralkhud, Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj, Safakadal, Rainawari, Maisuma and Abi Guzar in Kothi Bagh area. Anantnag and Bijbehara towns in south Kashmir and Sopore town in north Kashmir Baramulla district were the other areas to be placed under curfew as a precautionary measure following killing of a youth each in Bijbehara and Sopore areas yesterday. A senior police official said the curfew and restrictions in Baramulla and Pattan towns were invoked following intelligence inputs that anti-social elements were planning to disrupt the public peace by instigating youth to violence. 'These steps have been taken to prevent any harm to civilian life and property,' he added. The death toll in the ongoing agitation in the Valley has gone up to 61 since June 11. Despite curfew, groups of youth indulged in stone pelting at Tengpora and Nundreshi colony along the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway bypass. The stone pelters smashed window panes of several vehicles passing through the area but no one was injured in the incidents. The security forces swung into action in these areas and chased the miscreants away. The forces later carried out a crack down on the suspected youth indulging in stone pelting and detained over 40 such youth. However, all but five of the detained youth were let go after verification by the security agencies about their non-involvement in the stone pelting incidents. They were handed over to their families and advised to keep them indoors during curfew period. There were stone pelting incidents in Shopian town in south Kashmir also. 'Today morning some miscreants pelted stones on police vehicles at Bus Stand Shopian. They were chased away,' a police spokesman said adding no one was hurt in the brief clashes. In another incident, some miscreants pelted stones upon the police party at Sheikhpora Budgam due to which constable Abdul Qayoom No. 440-PTS Manigam sustained head injury and constable Gulzar Ahmad No. 1827-B sustained injury on his forehead. The injured cops were shifted to a hospital for treatment. 'The miscreants were chased away by the police by use of minimal force,' the spokesman said. In yet another incident, a group of miscreants tried to block Airport road at Humhama but the trouble makers were chased away by police, restoring the traffic to and fro Srinagar Airport. Meanwhile, life in the Valley remained crippled due to curfew and restrictions imposed by the Government in some parts and a general strike called by hard line faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the rest of Kashmir. Shops, educational institutions, banks, post offices and business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads. However, some private vehicles could be seen plying on the roads in the areas which were not affected by curfew or strike..