Srinagar | Apr 14 : The curfew-like restrictions continued for the second consecutive day in several parts of Kashmir. Ding-dong battles of stone pelting were reported from various parts of the valley especially in northern Kashmir’s Kupwara area.
Traffic was off the roads while schools, government and other officers remained closed in the backdrop of the shutdown call by pro-freedom groups.
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Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal-Chowk wore a deserted look with heavy deployment of cops seen across the city. Curfew like restrictions were imposed in six police station areas of Srinagar city falling under the police jurisdictions of Safakadal, Maharajgunj, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and Maisuma.
The mobile internet services were suspended in some areas as a precautionary measure to contain the menace of rumor mongering. Tension prevailed in the Valley following the killing of four persons in action by security forces during violent protests since Tuesday.
Strict restrictions stand imposed in Kupwara town, Kralgund, Handwara, Magam and Langate areas in north Kashmir to maintain law and order, a police official said.
The situation turned violent in the valley following death of three persons during protests against alleged molestation of a girl by a soldier in Handwara town on Tuesday. The other day, another youth was killed in Drugmulla area of Kupwara during protests against the Handwara incident.
According to reports, the situation largely remained peaceful, but isolated cases of stone-pelting have been reported from some parts including south Kashmir’s Kulgam town-where a cab driver was injured in a stone-pelting incident. (PTK)
2015 Kashmir Despatch