Kashmir remained shut for the 77th consecutive day on Friday as authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar city to prevent a separatist called protest march.
“Restrictions have been placed in three police station areas in Srinagar, parts of Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam,” a senior police official said here.
Ever since the present unrest began on July 9, clashes have erupted in different parts of the Valley after the afternoon congregational prayers on Friday.
Although tensions continue across the Valley, the situation has shown some signs of improvement during the last four to five days.
There has been more pedestrian and vehicular movement despite the separatist appeals to people not to come out of their homes except during emergencies.
Due to the officially imposed restrictions and protest shutdown called by the separatists, all educational institutions, main markets, public transport and other businesses have remained suspended.
Train service between the Valley and the Jammu region across the Pir Panjal mountains have also remained shut.
Forces impose severe restrictions in Dalgate, ‘thrash’ pedestrians
Residents of Dalgate area of Srinagar on Friday accused the paramilitary forces of thrashing pedestrians and imposing severe restrictions on their movement.
They said that barricades have been placed at Badyari Chowk to enforce curfew.
“Nobody was allowed to move on the road. Several pedestrians were thrashed at around 7 am when they went out to buy bread and milk,” said a local.
Authorities have imposed curfew-like restrictions in parts of Srinagar to prevent a march to downtown called by the resistance leadership.
Pampore protests against youth arrests
Protests were held in Pampore and adjacent areas on Friday against the arrest of three youths.
Witnesses said that people took to streets after announcements were made through public address systems of the mosques asking people out.
They said three youths were picked up during a night by the forces during the night.
Seven injured in Charar-e-Sharief clashes
At least seven youths were injured in clashes between youth and government forces in Charar-e-Sharief town of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday.
Earlier, forces had sealed the entire Charar-e-Sharief town following a call by the separatists asking people of the district to march towards the historic town.
Reports and witnesses said the clashes broke out between protesters and forces in Gulshan Abad locality in which two youth received injuries.
Both the youths have been injured and are stable, said a doctor at the local hospital.
Police and CRPF had erected barricades and laid concertina wires at all entry points around the town to prevent people from marching in.
For the past 77 days, the town has been observing complete shutdown.
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