Curfew Back With One More Death In Valley9 August 2010
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: In the wake of one more civilian succumbing to his injuries and separatists' shutdown call, the J-K authorities on Monday again re-imposed curfew and placed security restriction in Kashmir to plug any attempt by protesters to organise street demonstration. Fida Nabi Lone (24), who received a bullet in his face on August 3 at Srinagar's Shalteng area during protesters-security forces clashes, succumbed to his injuries at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) hospital on Sunday night. 'Since August 3 Lone was on a ventilator and on Sunday he succumbed,' said a doctor at the SKIMS hospital. Hundreds of people raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans participated in the last rites of Lone. Fearing protests against the death of Lone, the authorities imposed curfew in most of the police stations in Srinagar and five major towns in north and south Kashmir. Lone's death has taken the toll of civilian deaths to 51 since June 11. Heavy security deployment witnessed across the Kashmir valley, particularly Srinagar, south Kashmir's Anantnag, Pulwama, Kakpora and Kulgam and north Kashmir's Sopore, Baramulla and Kupwara. There were reports of minor attempt of protests and stone throwing. Special prayers were held in protest on the streets of south Kashmir's Shopian town in response to hardline All Parties Hurriyat Conference call. After performing prayers, the crowd dispersed on its own. The police had a major breakthrough in its crackdown on underground separatist leaders of the Hurriyat, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, when senior leader GN Sumji was arrested from old Srinagar. Sumji was active in drafting and announcing protest calendar in the last seven weeks. In the last two weeks, Kashmir observed a sense of normalcy only for a day on Sunday when there was no curfew and separatists shutdown.