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Curfew, restrictions in Kashmir, separatists call for a march

Sixteenth consecutive day of strike and curfew in Jammu & Kashmir

Srinagar : Curfew and other restrictions continued in Kashmir as authorities today stepped up security in view of a march called by separatists to Anantnag district, which has seen the highest number of deaths during the unrest in the Valley.

“Curfew is in place in Anantnag, Baramulla, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts of the Valley as a precautionary measure in view of the call given by some elements for a march to Anantnag district town,” a police official said.

He said areas falling under the jurisdiction of 11 police stations Srinagar were also placed under curfew.

“Restrictions are in place in four districts — Bandipora, Budgam, Ganderbal and Kupwara and remaining areas of Srinagar city,” he said.

The official said the situation in the Valley was so far peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere.

Clashes had broken out between protesters and security forces after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and his two associated were killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8. So far 47 people including two policemen have been killed and over 5,500 injured in the violence.

Mobile telephony, mobile internet services and train services remained suspended for 17th day while schools, colleges and other educational institutions also remained closed due to a strike called by the separatist groups to protest the civilian deaths.

Separatist groups, which are spearheading the protests in the Valley, had called for a march to Anantnag today. More than 15 persons have died in Anantnag district alone during the unrest.

They have also extended the strike call till July 29 with a call to march to Kulgam district on Wednesday.

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