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Kashmir remains shut for 65th day as curfew-like restrictions continue, dozens injured in fresh violence

Kashmir remained shut for the 65th day as curbs on assembly of people continued with authorities deploying security personnel in Srinagar and other places in the Valley to maintain law and order on Sunday.

India TV News Desk, Srinagar [ Published on: September 11, 2016 12:32 IST ]
Police personnel patrol near Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Friday
Image Source : PTI Police personnel patrol near Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Friday

Kashmir remained shut for the 65th day as curbs on assembly of people continued with authorities deploying security personnel in Srinagar and other places in the Valley to maintain law and order on Sunday.

Curfew-like restrictions were in place in Nowhatta, M R Gunj and Khanyar police station areas of Srinagar, a police official said adding that there was no curfew anywhere in the Valley. 

The deadly violence, in the wake of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's killing in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir on July 8, has left 77 people, including two cops, dead and several thousands injured. 

Around 11,500 others have been injured in the unrest.

Meanwhile, normal life remained crippled due to restrictions and the shutdown call by separatist groups against the killing of civilians in security forces' action over the past two months. 

While shops, business establishments and petrol pumps continued to remain shut during the day, they open in the evening on some days of the week in view of the 12-hour relaxation in the strike from 6 PM announced by the separatists. 

The separatists have extended the shutdown programme till September 16. They have asked people to stage a protest march to the headquarters of the UN Military Observers Group in Srinagar.

Schools, colleges and other educational institutions in the Valley continued to remain closed. 

Some of the areas in the outskirts and civil lines of Srinagar witnessed increased movement of private vehicles and auto-rickshaws this morning, while some shops selling essentials were also open in view of the upcoming Eid festival. 

Although the Eid-ul-Zuha festival falls on Tuesday, there was no traditional hustle and bustle in the Valley.

In fresh violence today, dozens of civilians were injured during clashes between security forces and stone-pelting protesters in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said. 

Thousands of residents of Karimabad and adjoining areas took to streets this morning to protest against the alleged nocturnal raids conducted by security forces, a police official said. 

The protestors started pelting stones at the security forces who retaliated by firing tear smoke shells and pellet guns, he said. 

Twenty injured persons have been referred to various hospitals in the city, the official said. 

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