#SabzarKilling: All roads leading to Tral sealed

Unlike Sabzar, who was a school drop-out, Naikoo is tech-savvy and according to police sources, the Hizbul Mujahideen may want Naikoo as the leader to use the social networking sites to galvanise support for militancy in Kashmir. However, some locals claimed he was killed in firing by the security forces on protestors, who took to streets and fought pitched battles with men in uniform after the encounter.

Indian soldiers killed six suspected rebels Saturday along the highly militarized de-facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, the army said. "The admit cards will act as permission to move during restrictions", a senior police official said. Malik was arrested from his uptown Maisuma locality home. The officials said restrictions on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc also continued in the districts of Budgam and Ganderbal in central Kashmir.

Bhat was buried past midnight in his ancestral graveyard in Rutsana village, as hundreds converged - arriving from different areas, amid massive security.

Saying that Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was "martyred extra-judicially", Pakistan condemned the killing of terrorists by Indian security forces and said world powers must get New Delhi to stop targeting "defenceless Kashmiris".

Taking lessons from the widespread violence that had erupted after the killing of Hizbul leader Burhan Wani last July, the authorities clamped curfew and restrictions in the Valley in advance.

"Strict restrictions will remain imposed tomorrow in territorial jurisdiction of seven police stations in Srinagar district", Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone said.

Authorities imposed curfew and restrictions on Sunday to prevent violence in the aftermath of the killing.

Heavy deployment of paramilitary and police have been made at all district headquarters and sensitive places in the Valley to ensure that the situation remains under control.

The separatists have called for shutdown for Sunday and Monday against the killing of the militants and the civilian, and "Tral Chalo" on Tuesday.

All educational institutions have been ordered to remain closed on Monday in the Kashmir Valley. Civil service (judicial) exam scheduled for today has been cancelled.

Reports of severe restrictions also poured in from old town Baramulla, main town Sopore.

The authorities suspended mobile Internet services in the Valley, while the outgoing call facility on prepaid numbers has been snapped as a precautionary measure.

Train services have also remained suspended in the Kashmir Valley for the third consecutive day.

  • Leroy Wright