Curfew-like Situation In Kashmir18 July 2010
Srinagar: A curfew-like situation prevailed in Kashmir on Sunday as separatists enforced a shutdown while the authorities imposed curfew on Sopore and prohibitory orders in the rest of the Valley to maintain law and order. The hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, led by its jailed leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, had called for the shutdown in the valley to protest against the killing of several youths in the past one month. On Saturday, life returned to normal in the valley for several hours after 21 days of protest, but the relief was short-lived as protesters clashed with police. Police said prohibitory orders were clamped in 12 police station areas of Srinagar including Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Soura, Batmaloo, Maisuma, Kralkhud and Sonawar. There was heavy deployment in Baramulla, 55 km from here, which witnessed violent clashes in the wake of a controversy over a youth's death. Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, Sheikh Mehmood, said the youth drowned in the river and denied allegations that he was chased by the Special Operations Group personnel and pushed into the river. The body of Faizan Rafiq Buhroo had not been fished out so far. Deputy Commissioner of Baramulla Bashir Ahmad Bhat said the priority was to recover the body. “The circumstances of his drowning are not clear. We have reports that he drowned,” he said. As the news spread, people took to the streets and fought pitched battles with policemen in several areas of the town. Two IEDs defused Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were defused by the security forces in Baramulla and Anantnag districts. An IED, weighing 12 kg, was planted by militants under a culvert at Harithrath near Pattan, 27 km from Srinagar, on the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway, a police spokesman said. Acting on a tip-off, the police detected the IED concealed in a tin box. Troops of 34 Rashtriya Rifles also detected an IED, planted on the main road, at Manznoo in Anantnag district, the spokesman said. It was later defused.