Day nine: Curfew continues, mobile internet services remain suspended in Kashmir

Day nine: Curfew continues, mobile internet services remain suspended in Kashmir

There were no vehicles on the roads and train and flight services have also been affected. In photo: An Indian paramilitary officer during a curfew in Srinagar on July 16, 2016. (AFP)

Srinagar, India | Jul 17, 2016, 05.47 PM (IST)

Prohibitory orders continued in India's Kashmir today for ninth day in a row, following widespread violence after death of a separatist militant.

Heavily armed policemen and security personnel patrolled Srinagar, summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, as security was heightened to prevent any untoward incident.

Markets remained shut, roads deserted and residents preferred to stay indoors.

There were no vehicles on the roads and mobile internet services continued to be suspended in parts of the Kashmir Valley to prevent rumour mongering. Trains and flights services also have been affected due to the unrest.

Authorities had on Saturday seized newspapers and shut down cable television, aiming to quell a flare up of tensions in the region.

Kashmir has been on the boil after security services on July 8 gunned down 22-year-old Burhan Wani, leader of Hizbul Mujahideen - a group fighting India's control of the Muslim-majority region.

At least 39 people have been killed and 3,100 wounded, most of them by police fire, in the worst outbreak of violence in six years in the disputed territory also claimed by Pakistan.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti had appealed to the people to maintain peace.

Violence in Kashmir has spiked against a backdrop of rising social tension and separatist sentiment in the Muslim-majority region, which for decades has been at the centre of a strategic tussle between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said he was shocked by the killing of Wani and the civilians.

India's foreign ministry said on Friday it was dismayed by Pakistan's attempt to "interfere in our internal matters".

India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since Independence in 1947 over Kashmir, which they both claim in full but rule in part.

India accuses Pakistan of training and arming the rebels in the portion it controls and sending them to the Indian side, a claim its neighbour denies.

(Reuters)
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