April 2018 News

Restrictions, Shutdown Disrupt Life

13 April 2018
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Life in parts of Kashmir valley was disrupted today due to spontaneous shutdown at places and restrictions imposed by the authorities to foil any protests over civilian killings in Kulgam and rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua. Shops and business establishments remained closed in most parts of Valley including Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Awntipora and Tral while public transport was off the roads. Internet services were snapped in Shopian, Awantipora and Pulwama since Wednesday while as speed was slashed in Srinagar on the same day. The internet was snapped in Kulgam district on midnight Tuesday soon after the encounter broke out at Wani Mohalla, Khudwani. The Railway authorities suspended train services in Kashmir valley. The decision was taken in wake of the apprehensions of law and order in the Valley. Apprehending protests over the killings in Kulgam and rape and murder in Kathua, authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar while security forces were deployed in strength at several sensitive places across Kashmir. Contingents of police and CRPF arrived in Nowhatta and adjoining areas in the morning and imposed restrictions.. Restrictions were also imposed in adjoining Rajouri Kadal, Bhori Kadal, Malarrata and Saraf Kadal areas. Partial restrictions also remained in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud. Authorities also placed chairmen of Hurriyat Conference factions, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest while JKLF chief Yasin Malik remained lodged in central jail Srinagar. Authorities did not allow civilian movement in these areas and enforced curbs strictly. Jamia Masjid was sealed from all sides and no one was allowed towards it to offer Friday prayers. The situation across Kashmir remained peaceful barring some incidents of stone pelting at Chanapora, Khanpora Baramulla, Cement Pull Baramulla, Sabzi Mandi Soura, Kanli Bagh road Baramulla, Memander in Shopian, Main Chowk Sopore, Awantipora, Papchan Nandipora, Model Town Sopore, Nowpora Bypass , Tral tehsil office, Grid station Kralgund Handwara, Sirnu Pulwama, Mirgund Budgam, Maloora, Drugmulla, Hatmullah, Kralpora, Natnussa, Naid Khai and Wadoora crossing. No separatist or militant outfit has called for a strike today. However, separatists had urged people to hold peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers. Four civilians were killed after security forces opened fire on protesters near the site of a gunfight in Khudwani area of Kulgam on Wednesday.