Kupwara Killings: Union Government to Send Additional CRPF to Kashmir

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

The Union Government will be sending additional paramilitary forces to Kashmir in the wake of continuing protests following the killing of five persons in security forces action since Tuesday.

Meanwhile, curfew-like restrictions continued for the fourth day in parts of Kashmir, even as mobile Internet services have been snapped across the Valley, a news gathering agency reported.

Strict restrictions have been imposed in some areas in north Kashmir, including Kupwara and Handwara towns, to maintain law and order, a police official said.

He said restrictions also continued in some police station areas of Srinagar city as a precautionary measure.

The affected police station areas include Maharajgunj, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safakadal and Maisuma, he said.

The restrictions were imposed following the death of three persons during protests against alleged molestation of a girl by an army man in Handwara town on Tuesday.

Another youth was killed in Drugmulla area of Kupwara during protests against the Handwara incident a day after.

In the fresh spate of violence yesterday, 18-year-old Arif Hussain Dar was killed while three others sustained bullet injuries when Army opened fire to disperse stone-pelting protestors outside a camp in Natnussa area of Kupwara, 100 km from here, the official said.

Mobile Internet services across Kashmir have been completely snapped to curb rumour mongering, the official said.

He said incidents of stone-pelting were reported from Mir Mohalla, Hyhama Chowk, Kralpora in Kupwara, Kralgund, Magam in Handwara and Cement Bridge, Baramulla yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Union Home Secretary convened a meeting, in New Delhi on Saturday, to review and assess the situation of Kashmir valley arisen after the killing of five civilians at the hands of forces.

Sources said that the meeting was attended by senior officials from Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Defence, Central Armed Police Forces and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The situation and assess the requirements of Jammu and Kashmir Government to bring the situation under control without any further loss of lives was thoroughly discussed during the meeting, they said.

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