Curfew paralyses life in Kashmir

Srinagar

Curfew in Srinagar and major towns of Kashmir paralysed life in the Valley on Friday after the killing of militant commander Zakir Musa during a gunfight in Dadsara area of south Kashmir’s Tral.

A deserted view of Lalchowk during curfew after the killing of militant commander Zakir Musa on Friday, May 24, 2019. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Bhat, a resident of Noorpora Tral was an engineering student in Chandigarh before he joined the militant ranks of the Hizbul Mujahideen in January 2013. He was a close associate of militant commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in 2016.

Reports said that authorities restricted movement of people and the forces placed rolls of concertina wire on roads to prevent protests across Srinagar.

In south Kashmir, braving rains, tens of hundreds of people visited native village of Zakir Musa to participate in funeral prayers, witnesses said.

Locals said police imposed strict restrictions in South Kashmir areas to thwart pro-freedom protests, but clashes between government forces and protesters erupted in many areas. The forces had sealed all roads leading to Tral to stop people from marching towards Noorpora, the native village of slain militant commander Zakir Musa.

Soon after the news of Zakir’s killing spread mobile Internet services were snapped across the valley to maintain law and order.

Meanwhile, all the educational institutes have been closed by the authorities today a “precautionary measure”.

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