Tuesday , March 19 2019

Two killed as clashes break out after Eid prayers in Kashmir

For the first time after several years, authorities have imposed curfew in all 10 regions of the Kashmir Valley on Eid.

Kashmiri protesters face cops in Srinagar.

Srinagar: Two men were killed and many others were injured in clashes with security militaries on Tuesday a.m. after Eid prayers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora and Shopian area. The death toll in violent clashes in the state since July is extents 81.

For the first time after many years, authorities on Tuesday enforced curfew in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley on Eid even as planes and drones have been pushed into service for surveillance.

Limits on assembly of huge number of people have been carry out in view of the call by rebels for a march to the local organizations of the United Nations in the present day, according with the global body’s Opening of 71st Gathering of the UN General Assembly at UN head office in New York today.

The Military, which has been probed to be on standby, will step in if there is new eruption of violence in the Valley, which has been viewing widespread unrest for above two months leading to expiry of over 75 people so far, official sources said.

Army crowds have already been positioned at vantage points in rural zones which have a history of violent disputes, they said, adding curfew came in force from middle of the night.

This maybe for the first time that restriction is in place on the day of Eid festival ever since violence broke out in the state in 1990.

Helicopters and drones are keeping a bird’s eye watch from the blue. They will give early caution to security forces in situation of assembly of people in unsure areas, the sources said.

Safety forces are out on the roads in adequate strength behind apprehension of violence by the nationalist elements, who often use females and children as “shields” during protest marches resulting in private citizen casualties.

This is for the foremost time in 26 years then the onset of militancy that no Eid worshipers will be held at the Idgah and Hazratbal memorials here. The sources said that publics will, however, be acceptable to offer Eid prayers in local mosques.

The government has previously ordered closure of Internet services of all telecom systems and also mobile telephony excepting that of the state-run BSNL for the next 72 hours for the reason that of the tense law and order condition in the state.

The decision to totally ban Internet services was in use after a review of the prevailing law and order position in the state on the eve of Eid-ul-Zuha festival, the sources supposed.

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They said Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone and Reliance telecom have been orderly shut down their services with immediate effect for 72 hours. The BSNL also has been requested to stop its broadband services for Internet.

However, post-paid BSNL networks, which are mostly used by police, army and government officers, have been kept out of the purview of the ban, the sources said.

Mobile telephony was banned as early after the passing of Hizbul Mujahideen superior Burhan Wani in an encounter with safety forces on July 8 which set off the existing spiral of violence in the Valley. It was partly restored on July 27 followed by initial of only broadband Internet.

Opposition National Conference slammed the management for its conclusion to impose curfew, saying it justified the party’s claim that the Mehbooba Mufti government had no control over the position.

“The PDP every time loves to parallel the situation with 2010 agitation but never ever has there been a curfew on auspicious occurrence like Eid before,” the National Conference spokesperson said.

Authorities have indefinitely put off all mobile Internet services in five districts of Jammu region in order to stop any rumor mongering.

The specialists have asked numerous mobile service operators across Jammu region to hang up mobile Internet facilities in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi district of Jammu area, an official announcement issued to mobile service operators read.

The postponement of the mobile Internet services has remained into effect from 4 am today till further commands. The step has been taken to escape any law and order tricky in the region and spread of stories. The authorities have also give out instructions to mobile phone operators with the state-run BSNL to suspend its cable based broadband facilities in the five districts of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch of Jammu area.

“In view of the current security situation in Jammu province, there is every single apprehension that anti-national basics can create law and order issues for the police, management for their conferred interest”, the communiqué read.

Meanwhile, the Central Reserve Police Force whispered three of its people have been hurt in stone-pelting incidents since former times. “3 CRPF people injured & 1 CRPF vehicle damaged in 23 cases of stone pelting including the force in the Kashmir Valley in previous 24 hrs,” the force said in a twitter.


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