Curfew like restrictions in Srinagar, Anantnag to scuttle protests

Srinagar:  Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in parts of the capital city while curbs continue to remain in place in south Kasmir’s Anantnag district for the fifth consecutive day to prevent protests called by Hurriyat Conference (G) against the killing of a truck driver by a Hindu mob in Udhampur with a petrol bomb.

Witnesses told Kashmir Reader that harsh restrictions have been imposed in the downtown areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police station including Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma and Kralkhud.

CRPF and police have cut-off the restive downtown with barricades and spools of razor wire amid apprehensions of protests called by Geelani and supported by chairman of parallel faction Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.

Nowhatta, the bastion of Mirwaiz has been placed under siege by the government forces, who have been deployed in huge numbers to thwart any possible protests, witnesses said. Mirwaiz, Geelani and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik have bee placed under house arrest to scuttle the joint protest programme proposed by Mirwaiz.

Restrictions also continued in twin towns of Anantnag and Bijbehara of south Kashmir Anantnag, which have remained on boil after the trucker Zahid Rasool Bhat, injured by a Hindu mob with a petrol bomb, succumbed to injuries on Sunday.

“Government forces have barricaded various roads fearing protests. Heavy deployment of forces have also bee made around Batengoo, the native village of slain trucker,” witnesses said.