Curfew strengthened in Kashmir after clashes

The Kashmir Valley has now been under curfew for 59 days. Photograph:( AFP )

PTI Srinagar Sep 05, 2016, 12.00 PM (IST)
Curfew was intensified in India's Kashmir a day after more than 200 civilians were injured in clashes between security forces and protesters, and the organisation fighting for the state's independence snubbed Indian lawmakers' peace outreach meeting.

Fresh restrictions were imposed in Batamaloo and Maisuma areas in uptown Srinagar on Monday morning, Indian authorities said, adding that the curbs remained in force in the rest of the Valley as well.

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces on July 8., setting off a chain of deadly protests in the Valley. Seventy one people, including two Indian security personnel, have been killed and thousands wounded in the protests. 

"Security forces have been deployed in strength in sensitive areas to maintain law and order," an unnamed police officer told Indian media agencies.

"This has been done to maintain law and order," the official further added.

Normal life remained paralysed in the restive state, with schools, colleges and private offices remaining shut. Attendance in government offices also remained sparse as the shutdown programme nears its second month. 

The curfew has come under criticism from people both in India and overseas.

Opposition political parties and human rights groups in India have condemned the security personnel's use of pellet guns to disperse protesters. 

Pakistan has also been vociferous in their protests against what it deems as a move to clamp down on rights of people in Kashmir.

The United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon also expressed concern and urged India to show restraint.