Kashmir Valley was placed under indefinite curfew today and internet mobile
services were snapped as precautionary steps by the state government
apprehending a backlash in the wake of the hanging of Parliament attack convict
Mohammed Afzal Guru.
36 people including 23 policeman were injured in clashes witnessed in some parts
of the Valley. MLA from Langate in North Kashmir Engineer Rashid was detained as
he led the protests in his constituency.
Four people had recieved bullet injuries but their condition was stated to be
out of danger.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah arrived here this morning from
Jammu and chaired a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation
shortly before the execution was to take place.
As the news of Guru's spread, the Chief Minister made an appeal to people to
maintain peace and not to allow those with vested interests to take advantage of
Deployment of Jammu and Kashmir Police and para-military forces began from 4 AM
and as per the plan chalked out by Director General of state police Ashok Prasad
in consultation with the Chief Minister, the entire spread of forces was
completed by 5 AM in all the 10 districts.
As a precautionary measure, the bandwith for internet was decreased considerably
thereby leaving the customers without any mobile internet.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq declared a four-day
"We call on people to observe four-day mourning on the hanging of Guru. A
complete shutdown will be observed over the mourning period," Shahidul Islam,
spokesman of the amalgam, told PTI.
Attempts to break the curfew restrictions were made in Zahgeer in Sopore, old
Baramulla town and Khanpura on Baramulla-Uri highway in North Kashmir besides in
Lower Munda in South Kashmir.
There were firing incidents in Khanpura, Zahgeer and Hyhan in Sopore in which
four people were injured where as Superintendent of Police (Kulgam) Mohammed
Authorities have directed cable TV operators not to air news channels.