Restrictions Remain In Force In Parts Of Valley23 August 2010
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Curfew was clamped on Monday in Pulwama and Sopore towns even as the restrictions remained in force in parts of Srinagar, Bijbehara and Trehgam towns as a precautionary measure after a man injured in firing died. Bilal Ahmad Sheikh, who was injured in firing on a stone pelting mob in Baramulla district, on August 14, died at a hospital here this morning, police said. They said curfew has been imposed in Pulwama town of south Kashmir and Sopore town of north Kashmir as a precautionary measure following violence in the areas yesterday. In Srinagar district, curfew remained clamped in Batmaloo, Bemina, Qammerwari, Kralkhud, Nowhatta, Khanyar, M R Gunj, Safakadal, Rainawari, Maisuma and parts of Kothibagh till further orders. Curfew also remained in force in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district and Trehgam in Kupwara district, police said. Police said 28 police personnel, including Superintendent of Police, Pulwama, and three CRPF personnel were injured in stone pelting incidents in Prichoo, Muran chowk, Rajpora chowk, Tahab and at Pulwama station last night. 'Police exercised maximum restraint but some stone pelters were also injured', he said. He said personnel of Indian Reserve Police stationed at old police post Humhama in Srinagar were also attacked by stone pelters but they were chased away. Shops and business markets, educational institutions, Banks and private offices remained closed and all modes of transport was off the roads in response to the separatists' call for strike. The Valley was rocked by violence following the death of a teenager on June 11 after he was allegedly hit by a teargas shell near Rajouri Kadal area. After that street protests broke out in the Valley which has claimed 63 lives so far.