Protests in Kashmir; Curfew today
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, July 18: Violent protests broke out at several places in Kashmir against the Gool killings on Thursday, while the Government has decided to impose curfew on Friday to thwart any protests.
As the word about the Gool killings spread, violent protests erupted in several parts of Kashmir. In Srinagar, protestors clashes with forces at several places that included Maisuma, Kokerbazar, Nowhatta, Muniwarabad and some other places. The protestors were protesting against the Gool killings.
Hundreds of forces personnel were seen deployed in streets of Srinagar and most parts of city witnessed spontaneous shutdown in protest against the killings.
In Ganderbal district of central Kashmir, police had to burst tear smoke shells and cane charge the protesters. The pitched battles between protestors and forces were going on till this report was being filed.
Shutdown and protest were also reported from Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad (Anantnag) and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir.
Reports of partial shutdown were also received from some towns of north Kashmir soon after the news of Gool killings.
INTERNET SERVICES SUSPENDED:
The internet services on mobile phones and through dongles in Kashmir was suspended from Thursday afternoon, authorities termed it as a precautionary measure.
Official sources here said that the internet services on mobile phones and through dongles have been suspended for the time being to “prevent miscreants from spreading rumours using these services.”
In the past, authorities had suspended internet and mobile services during the 2010 summer unrest in Kashmir as some people used the internet to mobilize protests.
CURFEW IN ENTIRE KASHMIR:
An official spokesman of Divisional Commissioner’s office Kashmir told Greater Kashmir Thursday evening that on Friday curfew will remain imposed across the valley. “To maintain the law order, the decision to impose curfew was taken today evening at joint meeting with law enforcing agencies,” he said.
The official said that in the wake of prevailing situation after the Gool killings, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Abdul Gani Mir chaired security review meeting here at Police Control Room (PCR).
“Situation was assessed and imposition of curfew was decided during the meeting,” sources said.
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Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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