Jammu: The state government on Friday justified imposition of curfew in Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, where seven suspected foreign militants were killed in an encounter with the Army on Monday, saying it was “necessary” for maintenance of law and order problem in view of anticipated protests after Fridayprayers.
“District Magistrate Kupwara has today (Friday) imposed curfew in the jurisdiction of police station Lalpora, Kupwara in view of the anticipated protests after Fridayprayers in Lolab valley, where an encounter took place a few days ago in which seven militants were killed,” Home Minister, Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo said in Legislative Assembly after PDP legislators staged protest in the House.
Kitchloo said that restrictions have also been imposed in other parts of Kupwara district “to ensure maintenance of law and order problem, safeguard life and property and to avoid any untoward incident.”
“As of now overall situation in the district is well under control. The essential service and ambulances are moving smoothly in Kupwara district. The situation in other parts of Valley is normal,” Kitchloo said.
Earlier, as the question hour started, PDP legislators led by MLA Lolab, Abdul Haq Khan stood up and staged protest against the imposition of curfew in Lolab on fourth consecutive day.
“Situation is very bad in Lolab, people are trapped inside curfew. The government mismanaged the situation first there and now puts people under curfew. We want an answer from the government,” Khan said.
However, Deputy Speaker, Sartaj Madani, pacified them saying that government will give the statement on the issue.
Later after the zero hour, when Home Minister gave his statement, Khan stood up again and staged walk out from the House.
“People are not allowed to offer Friday prayers, how is it justified. Government has been doing it for last five years,” he shouted.
On Monday, the Army claimed that it had killed seven foreign militants in an encounter in Lalpora, Lolab forests. The area witnessed strong protest from the people claiming the slain persons were locals killed in fake encounter.
However, on Wednesday government asserted that it has confirmed from post mortem and DNA testing that the slain were foreign militants.