Tension continues in Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar: Heavy deployment of government forces has been made in Srinagar and other sensitive places in the Kashmir Valley to “maintain peace and law and order”, even though the resistance leaders did not call for a shutdown, officials said.
The authorities decided to close all educational institutions and postpone exams scheduled for Wednesday as tension continued in the Kashmir Valley.
Traffic on the otherwise busy Srinagar-Sonamarg road remained suspended for the second day on Wednesday.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have announced a march to Shopian town to express solidarity with the people of the district where 13 militants and 4 civilians were killed by forces on Sunday.
Geelani and Mirwaiz have been placed under house arrest while Malik has been lodged in Srinagar central jail. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai has also been placed under house arrest.
Shops, public transport and other businesses remained mostly shut in Srinagar and other major towns in the Kashmir Valley.
Private transport, however, moved in uptown and outskirts in Srinagar.
A 23-year-old youth killed in clashes with the government forces in Kangan town was buried in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
A complete protest shutdown marred normal life in Ganderbal district following the death of the youth.
The District Magistrate of Ganderbal has ordered a magisterial probe into the youth’s killing while police also ordered a departmental enquiry to ascertain facts about the incident.
Clashes had broken out in Kangan on Tuesday immediately after the youth’s body was taken there. (Agencies)