#Day44: City, Countryside Continue to Reel Under Curfew

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Para-military CRPF men stand alerted somewhere in Srinagar as government has imposed strict curfew across Kashmir. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Para-military CRPF men stand alerted somewhere in Srinagar as government has imposed strict curfew across Kashmir. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Major parts of Kashmir continue to reel under harsh curfew on the 44th day Sunday—since Valley erupted in mass protests against the killing of the young rebel commander, Burhan Wani.

Wani who was killed along with his two associates at Kokernag on July 8 triggered an ‘uprising’ in Kashmir that saw nearly 70 Kashmiris getting killed in forces action, thousands wounded and hundreds blinded.

On Sunday, the authorities had put stringent measures in city to thwart public movement.

At number of places, the forces had erected drop-gates and laid concertina wires.

Similar reports of harsh curfew are coming from south Kashmir—the epicentre of 2016 uprising in Kashmir. People from many southern villages alleged forces highhandedness during night hours “when they showed up to detain the youth”.

One senior police officer posted in south Kashmir told Kashmir Life that state government is likely to intensify its measures to “break the resolve”.

“Rest assure, we are doing every possible bit to safeguard peace,” the officer said, declined to be named for the comment. “And for that, we are going tough.”

What the officer said has already been decried by many locals in city as well as in countryside. In Old City, some locals said that forces even stopped essential commodities. “Two days back,” said a local from downtown, “forces even stopped milk supply. Even patients were debarred from visiting doctors and buying medicines.”

To counter the joint resistance program, the authorities while resorting to night curfew have also reportedly barred ambulance movement.

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