Mobile internet blocked in south Kashmir and Srinagar, Budgam
Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir on Saturday after the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik asked people to do so to protest against the shifting of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Asiya Andrabi and her two aides to New Delhi.
Andrabi and her two aides – DeM general secretary Nahida Nasreen and press secretary Sofi Fehmeeda – were whisked away to Delhi in the wee hours of Friday for custody in a sedition case that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed against them.
Andrabi and her aides were presented before the Patiala House court in Delhi, which granted the NIA their custody for 10 days.
The Srinagar district administration had imposed restrictions in downtown areas in view of the shutdown call. Reports of similar restrictions were received from areas in both south and north Kashmir. In north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, authorities imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) which prohibits assembly of four or more persons.
Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed in Srinagar and other district headquarters. Rail services were also suspended as a precautionary measure, but Kashmir University exams scheduled on Saturday were held as per schedule.
In Bandiopra, an order of the district administration said that no assembly or congregation will be allowed without prior permission of the District Magistrate/ Additional District Magistrate/ Sub Divisional Magistrate.
“Similarly, no person shall use loudspeaker or any other device for making a speech or any announcement for any other purpose without prior permission of District Magistrate/ Additional District Magistrate,” said the order.
Reports of curfew-like restrictions were received from Tral town in Pulwama district, a day ahead of the second death anniversary of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
“Police early in the morning announced that curfew has been imposed in the town,” a local resident informed.
In Shopian’s Keegam, locals said that during a CASO, an army vehicle hit a private vehicle, injuring the driver. They said that locals hurled stones on the army vehicle, at which soldiers fired several shots in the air.
Mobile Internet services were suspended in parts of Kashmir valley on Saturday following the killing of three civilians in army firing in Kulgam district.
The services were snapped in districts of Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag soon after the civilian killings. The services were suspended in central Kashmir districts of Srinagar and Budgam at about 5pm, apparently as a restriction on Burhan’s death anniversary.