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Clashes in Anantnag, Shopian; Curfew in many parts of Valley

Indian police stand guard during a curfew in Srinagar July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismail
Indian police stand guard during a curfew in Srinagar July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Srinagar: Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in Anantnag and Shopian districts of south Kashmir today even as curfew continued in many parts of the Valley and normal life remained paralysed for the 29 consecutive day.

21 persons were injured in violence in Chee in Anantnag when protesters staged a rally, a police official said, adding the security forces used various crowd control measures to disperse the protesters.

Protesters pelted stones at a police post at Herpora in Shopian but there were no reports of anyone getting hurt in the incident so far, he added.

Curbs on movement of people had to be extended today in view of fresh violence in some parts of the Valley yesterday which left three persons dead and over 150 others injured, the official said.

“Curfew remains in force in six police station areas of Srinagar — Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharajgunj and Batamaloo — as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” a police official said.

He said curfew was also in force in four towns of Budgam district — Chadoora, Khansahib, Magam and Budgam , Anantnag town and Khanpora area of Baramulla district.

“Restrictions on assembly of four or more people continue to remain in effect in rest of the Valley,” the official said.

54 people have died and more than 6,000 injured in clashes between protesters and security forces following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8.

Normal life remained disrupted due to the curbs imposed by the authorities and the separatist sponsored strike.

Schools, colleges, business establishments, petrol pumps banks and private offices remained closed while public transport remained off roads.

The attendance in government offices was also thin, the official said.

Mobile internet services continued to remain snapped in the entire Valley where the outgoing facility on prepaid connections is barred.

The separatist camp has extended the shutdown call in Kashmir till August 12.

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