Sabzar Killing: Valley-wide restrictions, curfew to prevent 'Tral March'

The forces in riot gear erected barricades in Srinagar, and other towns in southern parts to prevent people from reaching the funeral.

The occupation authorities have deployed huge contingents of Indian police and troops across the valley to enforce strict restrictions.

Restrictions under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed in Ganderbal, Badgam, Bandipora and Kupwara in north Kashmir while in south Kashmir, the districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian saw unprecedented security arrangements in place to ensure minimum attendance at Bhat's funeral prayers. He also played down the current cycle of violence in the valley, saying the region has seen such "hot situation" in stretches of six, eight or 12 months earlier as well, before security forces controlled it."You can not assess the situation in Kashmir by picking one stretch of six months".

Almost 1,300 Kashmiri youth defied terrorists' threats and the Hurriyat call for a strike on Sunday, and took the Army recruitment test at two centres: Srinagar's Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre and Baramulla's Pattan Army camp.

Authorities imposed a curfew in many parts of the main Srinagar city as violence spread across the restive region after Sabzar Ahmad Bhat's death on Saturday.

The authorities had ordered closure of all schools and colleges in the Valley today.

Intra-Kashmir train services remained suspended on Monday for the second consecutive day. A police official said Malik had been shifted to central jail in Srinagar.

Naikoo, who was a close associate of Burhan Wani and was seen in some photographs with him previous year, have escaped the trap laid by security forces several times. "They retaliated to disperse the stone pelting youths". The clashes continued for some time. "Minor clashes were witnessed in Batpora area of Sopore town".

He said restrictions were imposed to maintain law and order in view of protests.

He said the decision to lift restrictions will be taken on Tuesday after reviewing the situation. A young civilian, Aqib Rashid, of Khanqah Tral was also killed yesterday near the encounter site, which police said happened due to "crossfire".

Defying the separatists' bandh call, almost 800 Kashmiri youngsters on Sunday appeared in the Army's common entrance exam in the valley, which has been hit by fresh protests following the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant Sabzar Bhat.

He, however, said class work will be held as per schedule.

Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora, also postponed the examination scheduled for today.

He said the district administration has also setup helpline services with 9596777669, 9419047052 and 9419367252 for the convenience of the people.

"Barring two minor stone pelting incidents in Tahab (Pulwama) and 90 Feet Raod (Srinagar), the situation remained under control", he said, adding that no injury was reported during these incidents.

"Forces have blocked all roads to restrict people to their areas", said Bashir Ahmad, a resident of Pulwama, a neighbouring district of Tral.

  • Leroy Wright