Curfew In Kashmir Today: Normal Life Hit For 2nd Day In Valley

Curfew In Kashmir Today: Normal Life Hit For 2nd Day In Valley

21 February 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Normal life was paralysed across the Kashmir for the second consecutive day today due to a separatist sponsored general strike. Curfew will be imposed in Valley since midnight. Like yesterday, the call for today’s strike was given by Hurriyat Conference (G) in support of the demand for handing the body of Mohammad Afzal Guru to his family. Shops and other business establishments remained closed. Government offices remained either closed or registered a thin attendance of employees. Transport was also off the roads. However, some private vehicles were seen plying on roads. Elaborate security arrangments were made by the authorities with deployment of police and para –military forces. Reports of stone pelting incidents were reported from Kulgam district of south Kashmir resulting into the injuries to four people, including divisional forest officer. Few vehicles were also damaged after being hit by the stones. According to a police spokesman, Divisional Forest Officer, and three others were injured in stone pelting incidents in Kulgam town today. A state run transport bus and a private car were among the vehicles that suffered damages in the stone hurling incident. “Kulgam police registered a case FIR number 38-2013 under section 307,147,148,427-RPC in this regard. Situation remained peaceful across the valley today. Traffic was partially plying in most of the towns including Srinagar city,” the police spokesman said. Reports of complete shutdown were also received from Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag districts of south Kashmir. Similar reports were received from Kupwara, Baramulla, and Bandipore districts of north Kashmir. Reports said the state government has decided to impose curfew in Kashmir from mid night tonight since it being Friday tomorrow and Hurriyat (G) and JKLF have asked for strike and protests. District magistrates in all the districts of Valley have ordered imposing of restrictions on movement of people and vehicles. Giving details an official spokesman said, “In view of law and order situation and to avoid breach of peace and tranquility and damage to life and property, District Magistrate, Srinagar, Baseer Ahmad Khan has imposed restrictions on the movement of public and transport under Section 144 Cr. P.C in the jurisdiction of the police stations of Rainawari, Khanyar Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, S.R. Gunj, Zadibal, Soura, Maisuma, Kralkhud, Shaheed Gunj and Batmaloo of district Srinagar from midnight February 21 with immediate effect till further orders. Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar has been directed to implement this order in letter and spirit. Meanwhile, District Magistrate Budgam, Mr. Khurshid Ahmad Shah in exercise of powers vested in him has imposed restrictions under Section 144 Cr. P.C on February 22, 2013 from 6 AM in district Budgam. “SSP, Budgam has been directed to implement this order in letter and spirit.” District magistrates in other districts have issued similar orders.