Second day of restrictions in Kashmir, life at halt

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Strict Curfew like restrictions are in place in Srinagar, and sensitive towns of Kashmir valley on Monday, authorities said.

This is the second consecutive day that people are forced to stay indoors in every nook and corner of the valley.

Separatist leaders had called for a three day strike on February, 9, 10 and 11 to commemorate, Parliament attack convict, Mohammad Afzal Guru and Mohammad Maqbool Bhat on their anniversaries.

Guru and Bhat were hanged and buried in Tihar jail in 1984 and 2013 respectively.

Separatists are demanding the mortal remains of both Guru and Bhat.

Authorities arrested almost 600 people prior to February 9, “to maintain law and order”. Sources said that these include separatist leaders and their followers especially youth.

Srinagar city has been besieged by a heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces personnel and nobody is allowed to move on main roads.

In Chanepora, area of the city, police used loud speakers to announce the imposition of curfew.

Old city areas are totally sealed and all kinds of human movements are banned.

The Kashmir Valley reeled under undeclared curfew and shutdown on Sunday as well.

Almost all major towns and district headquarters remained shut as the authorities imposed restrictions on all types of movement.

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