Curfew Extended To More Areas In Budgam District

Curfew Extended To More Areas In Budgam District

27 July 2013
Kashmir Times
Syed Yasir

Srinagar: Curfew was extended to more than a dozen villages Budgam district and main town Budgam today following the death in hospital of a woman, injured during sectarian clashes on Wednesday. 55-year-old Fatima of Dadina village in Badgam district was admitted to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura with critical head injuries. She succumbed to her injuries during wee hours today. The body was sent to the village after postmortem was conducted at district hospital Budgam. People and her relatives are demanding registering of a murder case against the cops accused of beating the woman. Parts of curfew district were under curfew for the last five days after the clashes began. Family and relatives of the woman claimed that Fatima was hit when police was trying to control the sectarian clashes in the area. Her family alleged that the police swooped on the village and hit on her head with AK 47 rifle. She was injured and had been battling in hospital for last few days. The family has now demanded that a case should be registered against the police. Another report said that woman was injured when a mob armed with knives and swords from Dadina village attacked police personnel deployed for curbing sectarian clashes in the district. They said the police personnel were surrounded by the mob armed with sharp edged weapons, which included women also. Police personnel resorted to lathicharge which resulted in critical injuries to Fatima. After the news spread that the injured women died in hospital, tension gripped the entire Budgam district. The district administration also swung into action and extended the curfew to more than dozen of villages including the main town Budgam. The curfew was strictly imposed as the authorities were apprehensive of more escalation of tension during the funeral of the deceased woman. The curfew has been imposed in villages that were hit with the violence includde Ghalwanpora, Laribal, Hawkarmola, Sofipora, Babapora, Pymus, ishipora, Purso, Paresabad, Dedina, Wahabpora, Chandpora, Abadpora,Chodhribagh, Shoolipora, Mirgund, Kalaipora, Garnad Kalan, Garnad Khurud, Chadbuk, Wadwan, Sefdan and Gotapora areas. Curfew has been imposed in Badgam town as a precautionary measure while the situation is fast returning to normal in the district,' a senior police officer said. Police, CRPF and Army continues to deploy in large numbers in the affected areas to maintain peace. The forces made regular announcements through public address systems asking people not to come out from their respective homes as the shoot and sight orders have been given against the curfew violators. The most of the roads leading to the central Kashmir district Budgam witnessed a deserted look and the forces personnel deployed in every nook and corner of the villages to stop any possible clash. The bunker vehicles were parked at major junctions while concertina wires were laid to stop the movement of people on the roads and entry points. All the schools, colleges, commercial establishments, government offices and semi government offices remain closed in the curfew bound areas. No one was allowed to enter the curfew bound areas as a precautionary measure. Army was deployed in curfew-bound areas hit by sectarian violence in Budgam district to restore law and order. After at least a dozen houses were set on fire, resulting in extensive damage to the structures, but there was no report of any casualty. Scores of people have been injured in the clashes and properties torched by violent mobs following sectarian clashes in the area. Violence broke out in Sabdan, Galwanpora and Reshipora villages of Budgam on Friday night following dispute between two sects over construction of a village road.