Kashmir: Normal life remains disrupted in Valley

An Indian paramilitrary trooper stands guard in front of closed shops in the Downtown area of Srinagar. Photograph:( AFP )

PTI Srinagar Sep 15, 2016, 12.25 PM (IST)
Normal life remained disrupted in the Kashmir valley for the 69th consecutive day today due to the separatist-sponsored strike and restrictions imposed by authorities for maintaining law and order.

Restrictions have been imposed on movement and assembly of people in all parts of the Valley, except the Civil Lines area of Srinagar city, an Indian police official said.

He said the situation across the Valley was peaceful so far.

Security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable places in the Valley even as aerial surveillance using drones and helicopters continued, the official said.

The Valley has witnessed protests and shutdown since July 9, following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.

The CRPF gave an account of the damage suffered by it in the Valley since yesterday.

"18 CRPF personnel injured & 2 CRPF vehicles damaged in 34 incidents of stone pelting involving the Force in Kashmir Valley in past 24 hrs," it said in a tweet. 

Curfew in Jammu's Rajouri continues after rumours of 'sacrilegious act': 

Curfew remained in force today in Rajouri town of the district after members of two communities indulged in stone-pelting following rumours of a sacrilegious act.

Police said the situation was under control in the border district of Jammu and Kashmir, where curfew was imposed last night after tension prevailed.

Rajouri District Magistrate Shabir Ahmed Bhat said that camel meat was recovered from some passengers in a commercial vehicle which led to spread of rumours, following which clashes erupted in some parts of Rajouri town, prompting the district administration to impose curfew to avoid any loss of life and property.

However, he said that there was no incident of sacrilege.