Curfew, Restrictions imposed in downtown, Mobile internet suspended in central Kashmir

Authorities today imposed restrictions in several parts of the old city, Srinagar after a militant from downtown Malaratta was killed in an encounter with forces in Budgam district.

Although police did not spell out the reason for the sudden restrictions in five police station areas of the old city, administration officials said they apprehended violent protests following the killing of Sajid Ahmad Gilkar.

“Restrictions have been imposed in the police station areas of Maharajgunj, Safakadal, Rainawari, Nowhatta and Khanyar as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” a police official said.

Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including Gilkar, was killed after an overnight gunbattle with forces in Budgam’s Redbugh area this morning, police said.

His body is lying in police control room and will be handed over to his family later in the day.

The other two slain militants have been identified as Aaqib Gul of Gooripora and Javaid Ahmad Sheikh of Beerwah.

Mobile internet services of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), were today suspended for security reasons in central Kashmir .

The services were suspended as precautionary measure following an encounter in district Budgam in which three militants were killed.

However, broadband internet service of BSNL and point to point service of other providers were functioning normally though with very slow speed.

The authorities had directed all cellular companies to suspend 3G and 4G mobile internet services in central Kashmir to prevent spread of any rumour on social media.