Curfew in Kashmir Valley remains

A man climbs a pole to catch a glimpse of Hizbul Mujahideen commander?Burhan Wani's funeral, Photograph:( Getty )

PTI Srinagar Jul 16, 2016, 05.52 AM (IST)
Curfew today remained in force across Jammu and Kashmir, and normal life paralysed for the eighth day in the wake of clashes following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

"Curfew continues to remain in force in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley today as precautionary measure for maintaining law and order," a police official said.

He said the decision to continue the curfew was taken in view of large number of stone-pelting incidents across the valley yesterday.

Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across the Valley for strict implementation of the prohibitory orders, the official said.

Mobile telephone services in the Valley also remained suspended to prevent any rumour-mongering. "Only postpaid connections of BSNL are working," the official said.

Mobile Internet services continued to remain suspended for the seventh day today while trains are also off the tracks in the Valley as a precautionary measure.

Violent protests rocked Jammu and Kashmir last weekend following the killing of Burhan Wani and two of his associates in an encounter with security forces on July 8 in the  Kokernag area of the Anantnag district.

In the ensuing clashes 38 persons, including one cop, have been killed, while 3,140 persons, including 1,500 security force personnel, have been injured.

Normal life has remained paralysed since last Saturday in Kashmir on account of both separatist-led strikes and curfew-like restrictions imposed by authorities.

The separatists groups, both factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, have been issuing strike calls, a practice reminiscent of the 2010 summer agitation. The separatists groups yesterday extended the strike call till Monday evening.