#Day30: Curfew, Shutdown Continue; Sanitation Drives Held Across Kashmir

Kashmir News Service

SRINAGAR

Kashmir remained shut, curfewed on 30th consecutive day on Sunday against civilian killings. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Kashmir remained shut, curfewed on 30th consecutive day on Sunday against civilian killings. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Curfew and restrictions continued on the 30th consecutive day on Sunday in the Valley while on united resistance leadership’s appeal, the volunteers in several areas launched sanitation and cleanliness drives in their respective localities.

A top police official said that the curfew and restrictions continue in Kulgam, Islamabad, Pulwama, parts of Srinagar and parts of other districts to thwart any possible protests against the civilian killings in Kashmir.

Another picture from Sopore. (KL Image courtesy: Eeshan Peer/The Varmul Post)
Cleanliness drives were held across Kashmir on Sunday on Hurriyat call. A picture from Sopore. (KL Image courtesy: Eeshan Peer/The Varmul Post)

Huge contingent of forces were deployed on roads and streets and had erected concertina wires.

The separatists had called for sanitation and cleanliness drive under the guidance of local Masjid committees from 10 am to 4 pm in Mohallas, villages, localities and hospitals.

An anti-India graffiti in Srinagar as CRPF personnel stand alert on curfewed Sunday. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
An anti-India graffiti in Srinagar as CRPF personnel stand alert on curfewed Sunday. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Besides observing complete shutdown, the people in several Srinagar areas launched sanitation and cleanliness drives.

Since the morning hours today, the people mostly youth assembled in the respective localities in Old city Srinagar and launched a sanitation and cleanliness drives as per the Hurriyat programme.

Witnesses said that the volunteers were seen sanitizing their respective areas in old city here.

“The sanitation drives were launched in several areas of South Kashmir,” reports said.

Youths cleaning Khrew area of Srinagar on Sunday on Hurriyat call.
Youths cleaning Khrew area of Srinagar on Sunday on Hurriyat call.

Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Kashmir Range, Ghulam Hassan Bhat said that the situation across South Kashmir remained peaceful.

“No clashes or protests were reported from any part of South Kashmir,” he said.

Meanwhile, the volunteers in Botengo area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district launched sanitation drive in their area.

“Following the programme given by Hurriyat leaders, the youth in the area cleaned sewers and sanitized their area,” witnesses said.

Besieged Jamia Masjid on August 07, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Besieged Jamia Masjid on August 07, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Similar cleanliness drive was launched in Palhallan, Pattan and other areas, in which hundreds of people mostly youth participated.

Reports said that in Pattan town, sub-district Hospital was also cleaned by the volunteers.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) North Kashmir Range, Uttam Chand said that the situation across North Kashmir remained under control.

“There were no clashes or protests across north Kashmir today,” he said.

Syed Ali Geelani led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activists held cleanliness drive in Hyderpora on Sunday. (KL Image: APHC-g Media Department)
Syed Ali Geelani led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activists held cleanliness drive in Hyderpora on Sunday. (KL Image: APHC-g Media Department)

Notably, shutdown and curfew continued since July 9 across the Valley. The shutdown call on July 9 was given by resistance leadership against the killing of popular Hizb commander, Burhan Wani who was killed on July 8 in Bemdoora village of Kokernag in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district.

The resistance leaders later extended the shutdown call and started issuing protest programmes following the civilian killings in Kashmir while the state administration imposed curfew and restrictions across Valley to thwart protests against the killings in Kashmir.

People offered 'Asr' prayers-in-open in Nowgam as a mark of protest against civilian killings in Kashmir.
People offered ‘Asr’ prayers-in-open in Nowgam area of Srinagar as a mark of protest against civilian killings in Kashmir.

So far, at least 57 civilians have been killed while thousands sustained injuries by forces in the current renewed uprising.

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