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Curfew, strike, clashes continue in Kashmir
Normal life out of gear in valley for 6th day
SRINAGAR, Feb 14: Normal life continued to be out of gear for the sixth consecutive day today due to the curfew and general strike called by separatists against the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru. Even as curfew was relaxed today in some more areas, however, it remained in force in most parts of Valley.

There is no end to protests by the people and subsequent use of force by cops and clashes between the two sides. Police had to fire smoke shells and resort to lathi-charge to disperse the protestors.

Violent clashes between the protestors and police and paramilitary forces were reported from SRTC Bridge, Chattipadshahi, Azad Gunj Bridge, and Cement Bridge in Baramulla since this morning. As cops fired smoke shells and resorted to cane charge, the protestors pelted stones on the men in uniform.

Cops had to lob smoke shells and resort to lathi-charge to disperse protestors at Khanyar, Safakadal Bohrikadal and Kanikadal this evening. The police and paramilitary forces came under heavy stone pelting. The clashes in the areas continued till late this evening. Later the rains helped in easing the tension. Some residents of Khanyar alleged that they were severely thrashed by cops for no fault of theirs.

Reports of stones pelting and clashes were also reported from Shopian. Cops used force to disperse protestors at Bandipora. Reports said that a milkman was allegedly beaten up by security men at Bandipora. The women held a strong protest demonstration and they were lathi-charged. A number of them sustained injuries. This led to clashes between protestors and police at Main Chowk, Plaan and Ward Number 2 areas.

Tension continued in Anantnag town after clashes between protestors and para-military forces last night. Additional deployment was made to strictly enforce the curfew. No relaxation was given in curfew in Anantnag, Pulwama, Handwara, Kangan and Shopian towns today also.

Even the old city of Srinagar continued to remain under curfew along with Maisuma. Curfew restrictions were being strictly enforced. Despite the restrictions, people at several places in old city of Srinagar took to streets and held demonstrations, which led to clashes between the two sides.

Police and paramilitary forces had sealed the curfew bound areas with barbed wire and armoured vehicles. The people were being asked to remain indoors. The government employees in a number of areas alleged that they were not permitted by the forces even after the state government had yesterday claimed that their identity cards would be treated as curfew passes.

Shops, other business establishments and government offices remained closed due to the curfew and general strike. Transport was also off the roads. However, some private vehicles were seen plying in non-curfew bound areas.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman in a statement said, “Situation across the valley remained peaceful, so far. A couple of incidents of stone pelting were reported from few places, however, no one was hurt.

Curfew was relaxed in all areas of Budgam, Kupwara and Awantipora district since this morning. In Pulwama and Anantnag curfew was relaxed in all places of the districts except main towns of Pulwama and Anantnag.

In Srinagar, the curfew was relaxed in areas of police stations, Ram Munshi Bagh, Kothibagh, Sadder, Rajbagh, Lalbazar, Shaheed Gunj, Nigeen, Zakoora, Pantha Chowk, Parimpora, Bemina and Nowgam from this morning.

In Ganderbal, curfew was relaxed from all areas except Kangan, since this morning onwards. In Kulgam, curfew was relaxed from all places except main Kulgam town and Yaripora from morning onwards. However, later in the day curfew was relaxed in areas of Kulgam and Yaripora from 4.30 PM onward.

In Baramulla, curfew was relaxed in whole Baramulla district except Baramulla town and Pattan. Later in the afternoon, partial relaxation in curfew was given in Baramulla town from 5.00 PM onwards and in Sopore town from 4.00 PM onwards.

In Bandipora, curfew was relaxed from all areas from 11.00 AM onwards. In Handwara curfew was relaxed from all places except Langate and Kralgund from 12’O clock onwards.”
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News Updated at : Thursday, February 14, 2013
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