Prohibitory orders were imposed in the north Kashmir town of Kupwara on Wednesday after hundreds of protesters took to streets demanding the identification of seven militants killed in Darde Pora, area last Monday during an encounter.
Meanwhile curfew remained in place in Lalpora, area of the district which witnessed severe violent clashes yesterday before and after the burial of the slain militants.
“Police used loudspeakers to announce the imposition of curfew while directing people not to venture out of their homes,” a local informed, Kashmir Life adding, “hundreds of policemen and paramilitary forces are manning the lanes and by lanes of the area.”
Complete shutdown is being observed in the whole Lolab area to press for their demand of identification of killed militants.
Shops and business establishments across the district are closed while traffic is off the roads.
Clashes erupted in Kupwara town Wednesday morning with police resorting to tear-gas shelling to disperse the protesting people.
Sources said that People took to streets but police tried to stop them resulting in stone pelting.
They said that protests were held in Riggi Pora, Dudwan, Old Chowk and Darzi Pora areas.
Sensing the situation brewing, district authorities imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144.
Police sources told Kashmir Life that every step is being taken to “safeguard the lives and property” of the people.
Pertinently, seven unidentified militants were killed in an encounter on Monday evening by army and police during a joint operation in Dard Pora forests. Army claimed that all the seven militants were “foreigners”.