Curfew like restrictions hit normal life in Kashmir Valley

MAJID NABI. Dated: 5/25/2019 2:21:50 PM

Angry youth clash with forces in Srinagar parts amid shutdown

SRINAGAR, May 24: Killing of top militant commander, Zakir Rashid Alias Musa during encounter with government forces at Dadsara Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama late last evening adversely affected normal life across Kashmir amid curbs followed by spontaneous shutdown and clashes in parts of the valley today.
Musa, who emerged as another poster boy after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani was trapped and subsequently killed after gunfight broke out at Dadsara Tral in Pulwama last evening prompting authorities to impose restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the valley. Curfew like restrictions continued throughout the day in most parts of Srinagar city and other parts of Kashmir.
High speed mobile internet was also suspended across Kashmir including Srinagar city as a precautionary measure. Authorities also disallowed congregational Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid on second straight week with top separatist leadership placed under house detention.
In order to confine public movement and to prevent protests in the wake of killing of Zakir Musa, government imposed stringent restrictions in Srinagar and elsewhere. Additional companies of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in old city to maintain law and order.
A spontaneous shutdown was observed across Kashmir to mourn the killing of Zakir Musa, who was heading militant outfit Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, a constituent of Al-Qaeda in Kashmir.
Although no strike call was given by separatists, however, people preferred to remain indoors with all shops, business establishments, educational institutions, fuel stations, government and semi- government offices, banks and courts remained closed and traffic was off the roads.
Skeletal movement of private vehicles at few places in Srinagar could be seen on deserted roads although the suspension of public transport disrupted inter-district transport service severally.
Reports of clashes started pouring in since morning in Srinagar city as the youth fought pitched battles with deployed police and paramilitary forces who in return lobbed tear smoke shells and pepper gas to disperse them.
The situation turned a bit aggressive in old city after congregational Friday prayers as the youth hit streets and clashed with government forces. Clashes according to reports were on till reports last came in.
Areas wherein clashes broke out include Habbakdal, Chinkral Mohalla, Chotta Bazar, Kani Kadal, Zaindar Mohalla, Tanki Pora, Batamalloo, Zaldagar, Nawakadal, Kawadara, Fateh Kadal, Karfalli Mohalla, Safakadal, Nawab Bazar, Gojwara, Hawal, Soura 90 Feet, Aanchar amid stringent restrictions.
Clashes also erupted between youth and government forces at some uptown localities which include Barzulla, Rambagh and Natipora.
A senior police official while confirming the reports of stone pelting said the government forces at few places also used force to disperse the agitating youth who according to him resorted to intense pelting on deployed forces. He however said no injury was reported from anywhere.
Exams scheduled for today at various colleges and universities were also postponed in the wake of prevailing situation in Kashmir while as the administration ordered closure of all educational institutions in Kashmir valley on Saturday as well.
Train service from Baramulla to Banihal and vice versa was also suspended as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile thousands of people from different villages of Pulwama braving bad weather conditions amid stringent restrictions managed to reach Noorpora village of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district to bid last adieu to slain militant commander Zakir Musa.
Musa, who hailed from Noorpora area of Tral, first joined the Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit in 2013 and become close aide of Hizb commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. Both worked together to strengthen the outfit and within years the outfit rose to prominence, recruiting plenty of young and educated youth in their ranks.
After Wani’s killing in July 2016 Musa took over the command. However, he hit the headlines in the summer of 2017 when in a video message he declared fighting for caliphate and not for joining Pakistan or creating an independent state. He also threatened Hurriyat leadership of dire consequences who he thought were a hurdle in the establishment of caliphate.
Reports reaching here said, clashes broke out at many places in south and north Kashmir districts amid complete shutdown and restrictions.
Sources said three youth suffered injuries during clashes with government forces in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Witnesses said youth hit streets and clashed with deployed forces as soon Friday congregational prayers concluded.
Two youth suffered pellet injury in their eyes, who were rushed to Sub District Hospital Sopore and later referred to SMHS hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment. The injured were identified as Muhammad Hussain and Muhammad Amir both from Sopore.
Reports of clashes were also received from Tral area of Pulwama district wherein youth took to the roads against killing of Zakir Musa. Reports said Dadsara, Lurgam, Bochu, Batagund Ali Gund, Baragam and several other places.
A complete shutdown amid stringent restrictions was observed in Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian against the killing of top militant commander Zakir Musa during encounter.



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