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Curfew re-imposed in Kashmir Valley; Omar defends decision

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 11:24 hrs
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Srinagar: Apprehending law and order problem, authorities have imposed curfew in Kashmir Valley to foil any plans of separatist groups to stage a march to Eidgah graveyard in memory of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.

Authorities last night re-imposed the restrictions across Kashmir as a precautionary measure, a police spokesman said.

Police vehicles fitted with public address systems announced the imposition of curfew late last night and asked people not to venture out of their homes.

A police spokesman said the curfew has been clamped as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.

Police and paramilitary CRPF were deployed in large numbers across the city and all roads leading to Eidgah in old city were sealed off.

The law enforcing agencies had erected barricades at many places within the city.

Although the shops in the interiors of the city had opened in the morning, police asked the shopkeepers to down their shutters as curfew was being implemented strictly.

The hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for march to Eidgah graveyard in memory of Guru today.


Omar defends curfew

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has defended imposition of curfew in the Valley saying restrictions would not have been needed if no one tried to create trouble after the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

"Even these restrictions would not have been necessary if we didn't have amongst us those determined to create trouble out of this situation," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

The restrictions are strictly being imposed and there were apprehensions that people will not be allowed to offer Friday congregational prayers.

Omar, however, clarified that there are no restrictions on offering prayers at local mosques.

"There will be no restriction on people offering Friday prayers in their local Mosques," the Chief Minister said.

Curfew was imposed across the Valley on Saturday following the hanging of Guru in Tihar Jail in Delhi and relaxed in phased on Thursday and Friday but restrictions were re-imposed last night.

Three persons died and over 50 others were injured in clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies after Guru was hanged last Saturday. 





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