Uneasy Calm In Kashmir As Curbs Continue

Uneasy Calm In Kashmir As Curbs Continue

14 February 2013
Times of India
M. Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: An uneasy calm prevailed in the Valley on Thursday five days after curfew was imposed and curbs imposed on internet, newspaper and TV channels to prevent protests against Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's execution. Shops at several places in Srinagar opened while curfew continued for the sixth day in the older parts of the city along with towns like Sopore, Baramulla and Pattan. Local newspapers hit the stands, but curbs on internet and cable networks continued. Dozens of lawyers protested the execution outside Srinagar's Sadder Court. They were prevented from taking out a procession to demand the return of Guru's body. Sources said blanket curfew would be imposed on Friday amid calls for marches to Guru's hometown of Sopore. Separately, DGP Ashok Prasad denied that the police had arrested two CRPF troopers for firing on protesters that killed a teenager and wounded four in Watergam near Baramulla on Sunday. 'An FIR was lodged to investigate the incident,' he said. A police press release on Monday had stated that the two were arrested after they were found involved in unprovoked firing.