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Curfew in Srinagar as tensions mount
Srinagar, Sept 7 (IANS/PTI):
Published on 7 Sep. 2010 11:18 PM IST
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Stone pelting continued through the night in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital where curfew was imposed Tuesday in the wake of heightened tensions following four more people being killed in firing by security forces the day before.
With the killing of four people in Baramulla district's Palhalan village, 35 km from here, the toll of those killed in the ongoing unrest since June 11 has gone up to 69. Fifteeen people were injured, some of them critically, when security forces intervened to clear the protester blockade at Palhalan on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway.
Hundreds of mourners spent the night on the highway at Palhalan, Pattan, Singhpora and other areas.
"We offered Shab-e-Qadr (the holiest night as per Muslim belief) prayers on the road. It has been one of the bloodiest incident since June 11 and we cannot take it lying down," said a resident of Pattan town who did not want to be named.
In Srinagar, hundreds of locals pelted stones through the night in some parts of the old city. A large mob gathered around the Nowhatta police station in the old city, attacking the policemen inside with stones, bricks and rocks.
Even though the violent mob persisted in sustained stone pelting, the police used utmost restraint, firing only warning shots in the air to disperse the protesters.
"Curfew has been imposed in Srinagar city as a precautionary measure to prevent violence. Restrictions have also been imposed in Anantnag town," a senior police officer said here. Some of those injured in the firing Monday are battling for life, doctors said.
"Some of the injured admitted in our hospital have sustained critical gunshot wounds. One of the injured has been put on the life support system. He has suffered a bullet injury in the neck," said an attending doctor at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura (SKIMS) here.
Muslims in the valley prayed at various mosques during the Shab-e-Qadr. Authorities have also made arrangements for the ensuing Eid festival, which is due around Sep 11.
Meanwhile, lauding the role of police in handling the law and order problem in Kashmir Valley, director general of police Kuldeep Khoda has asked the cops to perform their duties with utmost professionalism without causing any inconvenience to the law abiding citizens.
“The common man wants peace which is imperative for progress and prosperity of the state. You should perform with great professionalism to ensure peace and normalcy in the state without causing even least inconvenience to the law abiding citizens,” Khoda said addressing a police gathering here yesterday.
He said, “our men and officers have received injuries while maintaining the law and order for the past three months and the organisation is always at their back.” Appreciating the role of police for their contribution in saving the lives of people and public property in the state, Khoda said police has demonstrated great valour and courage while fighting the militancy during past two decades.
“Police serves as a bridge between public and the government, and we have to work with more consciousness and sincerity to keep the trust of the people they have pinned with the force,” Khoda said.
He said, despite many challenges, the state police has maintained public trust by avoiding collateral damages and saving lives of the people.
Khoda also thanked the chief minister Omar Abdullah for his support to police department in modernising the organisation as per the requirements.
The conflict in Kashmir dates to the partition of India in 1947
A ceasefire line was agreed under UN Supervision, which has been renamed the ‘Line of Control’.
Wars have broken out between India and Pakistan in Kashmir in 1965 and 1999.
India did not recognise the border established after war between India and China in 1962.
The recent local violence to spark larger conflicts death toll has reached 69.

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