Day 4: Curfew like restrictions imposed to scuttle “Anantnag chalo”

Anantnag: Curfew like restrictions remained in place for the fourth consecutive day today in this south Kashmir Township to foil “Anantnag chalo” called by Hurriyat Conference (G) , and to scuttle more protests over the murder of a trucker by activists of fanatic Hindu groups in Udhampur.

Like Wednesday, strict restrictions have been imposed in the twin townships of Anantnag and Bijbehara to thwart more protests against the murder of Zahid Rasool Bhat, a trucker who was burnt by a mob of Hindu extremists in Udhampur, witnesses told Kashmir Reader.

Police and Paramilitary troopers equipped with riot gear have been deployed in huge numbers to restrict the movement of people as the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has called for a march to this south Kashmir district.

“Forces have also placed barricades on all the entry and exit points leading to Anantnag and Batengoo, the native village of the slain trucker,” witnesses said.

The two townships are on boil from last four days with youth defying restrictions and clashing with forces. Over a dozen people in Mufti’s home town have been injured so far after being hit by stones and tear smoke shells.