Restrictions in Kashmir to prevent separatist-called protests

Feb 11, 2018, 10:49 IST | IANS

Authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and some other parts of the Kashmir Valley on Sunday to prevent separatist-called protests to mark the 34th death anniversary of Maqbool Bhat

Kashmiri protesters clash with Indian police in downtown Srinagar on February 9, 2018. The clashes erupted after protesters threw stones to security deployments, who were withdrawing from the area after enforcing restrictions during the day. Pic/ AFP
Kashmiri protesters clash with Indian police in downtown Srinagar on February 9, 2018. The clashes erupted after protesters threw stones to security deployments, who were withdrawing from the area after enforcing restrictions during the day. Pic/ AFP

Authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and some other parts of the Kashmir Valley on Sunday to prevent separatist-called protests to mark the 34th death anniversary of Maqbool Bhat, founder of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). Bhat was hanged on February 11, 1984, in Tihar Jail. Besides Srinagar, restrictions were imposed in north Kashmir's Kupwara district and Sopore town.

Bhat belonged to Kupwara's Trehgam village. Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, have been placed under detention to prevent their participation. Contingents of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear have been deployed in the restriction imposed areas. Public transport remained off the roads in Srinagar and most of the places in the Valley.

Meanwhile, Saima Wani, 18, injured during gunfight in Shaigam village of Shopian district on January 24, succumbed in a Srinagar hospital. Two militants and a civilian were killed in the gunfight and two girls including Saima were injured.

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