Kashmir Tense, Curfew Continues

Kashmir Tense, Curfew Continues

20 July 2013
Times of India


Srinagar: Curfew continued for the second day in Srinagar and other major towns of Kashmir on Saturday even as several incidents of violence were reported and the Valley remained tense. Trouble broke out after protests over the death of four people in firing by BSF troopers. At least 59 people, including 49 police and CRPF personnel were injured when protesters hurled stones at cops in Kulgam, Bandipore and other districts in Kashmir. Miscreants also damaged several government and private vehicles near Srinagar airport and also the military airport at Rangreth, police said. Curfew, which was imposed on Friday, remained in force in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora districts and Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bijbehara and Sopore towns. Restrictions under section 144 CrPC, banning assembly of four or more people, have been imposed in rest of the Valley, official sources said. Director-general of police Ashok Prashad said the Amarnath yatra, which was halted on Friday will remain suspended until Sunday. Expressing concern over the Amaranth pilgrims stranded the valley, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked the J&K government to make adequate security arrangements for the yatris. Meanwhile, after a two-day closure, the Jammu Srinagar National Highway NH-1A was reopened on Saturday but traffic was disrupted due to fresh protests in Banihal belt of Ramban district where people sat on a dharna demanding arrest of the BSF personnel involved in Thursday's firing in Gool, senior superintendent of police Virender Kumar said.