October 2016 News

DAY 113: Curfew Lifted From Srinagar, Shutdown Continues

29 October 2016
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: While authorities lifted curfew across Kashmir on Saturday, complete shutdown continued on the 113th consecutive day even as clashes were reported from north Kashmir's Bandipora district. Reports said that a joint search operation was conducted by the forces in Bangdara village of north Kashmir's Baramulla district where six youth were picked up while a youth was beaten to pulp and allegedly picked up by the forces in Kanilbagh area of Baramulla. Authorities said they lifted curfew from entire Srinagar district including old Srinagar areas. Curfew remained in place in various areas of old Srinagar and uptown on Friday in the wake of Jamia Masjid chalo call given by the joint resistance leadership. 'There was no curfew anywhere in Srinagar today (Saturday),' an official said. Reports, however, said that a complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir on the straight 113th day while markets opened after 5 p.m. on the call given by the joint pro-freedom leadership. The roads in the summer capital, especially in the city centre Lal Chowk, witnessed a huge rush of pedestrians and private vehicles while customers could be seen thronging shops at various places in Lal Chowk. Reports from north Kashmir's Baramulla said that a joint team of police and the Army allegedly conducted door to door search operation in Bangdara village in Sangrama area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district. Six youth were detained during the raids, triggering massive resentment by the locals. Locals of the area said that conducting raids was a 'deliberate attempt to vitiate peaceful atmosphere in the area.' Army allegedly placed barricades on Kanilbagh road in Baramulla town and didn't allow any private vehicle to stay on the road. Later, locals alleged a youth was first beaten to pulp and later picked up by the Army. Reports from north Kashmir's Bandipora district said that clashes broke out between youth and forces in Kaloosa area. Scores of youth defied restrictions in Kaloosa early morning and staged demonstrations. Reports said that they hurled stones and bricks at police and paramilitary forces who responded by firing dozens of teargas and sound shells. However, no injuries were reported from the area. Earlier, the residents alleged that police and CRPF men ransacked residential houses late last evening. 'They broke window panes and damaged property in the area on Friday evening,' the residents alleged. A police official said that people from the area on their own announced from the public address system of a mosque that curfew has been imposed. 'There was no curfew in the area,' he clarified. Reports said that senior Tehreek Hurriyat leader Muhammad Ashraf Laya alias Bhaijan was re-arrested after a local court bailed out him in a case. 'He was produced in a local court here and granted bail. However, police re-arrested him in another fake case and lodged in Srinagar central jail,' said family members of Laya. A government school was torched by unknown persons after they hurled a petrol bomb at the building in Mirhama in Kulgam district of South Kashmir. Police said that with the considerable increase in vehicles and pedestrian rush the situation across the valley remained normal and under control today. 'During the day, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the valley till filing of this report. The vehicles were seen plying on the roads of the city as well as on the roads connecting different towns and villages,' a police statement said. 'The shops were open and huge number of vendors was seen doing their normal business.' Adequate deployment of police and security forces was made at vulnerable points in Srinagar city, in main towns as also on the roads, lanes and by-lanes connecting different places.

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