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KashmirCurfew in Srinagar as 13-year-old dies after clash with forces

Curfew in Srinagar as 13-year-old dies after clash with forces


Police says situation remained normal today

Srinagar, October 8: A 13-year-old boy, Junaid Ahmad Bhat, who was injured in the clashes between protesters and police forces in Eidgah area here yesterday, succumbed in the Sher-e- Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) early this morning.

The administration, in view of the mounting tension following the death, has decided to impose restrictions in the areas falling under seven police stations—Nowhatta, Kahnyar, Rainawari, M R Gunj and Safakadal in the down town and two police stations of Maisuma and Batamaloo.

The restrictions have been imposed to maintain law and order, said the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone.

Junaid, 13, received pellet injuries during the clashes between protesters and the police forces in Eidgah area here after Friday prayers.

He was shifted to the SKIMS in a critical condition where he succumbed early this morning, officials said.

The police lobbed teargas shells to quell the demonstrators that took to streets with the body of the deceased boy at Eidgah.

Normal life continues to remain paralysed due to the restrictions in the capital city and other major towns of the valley across 10 districts.

All the shops and establishments are closed and traffic is off the roads, with the ‘relaxation” as per the “protest calendar” issued jointly by the separatist organisations. They have already called for shutdown from October 6 to 13.

According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, the situation remained by and large peaceful across Kashmir valley today although a few stray stone pelting incidents were reported. “As a precautionary measure curfew remained imposed in few police stations of Srinagar city. There was no curfew elsewhere in the valley,” it said.

According to the statement, the markets were open across Kashmir and vendors continued to do their normal business in the streets, lanes and by lanes in Srinagar city and in other towns of the valley.

The statement said that traffic movement continued to grow across the towns and the roads connecting different towns of the Kashmir valley. “There was enhanced business and increase in other daily activities was also observed,” it said.

The statement said that in its sustained drive against the miscreants across the Kashmir valley 61 persons involved in different offences of creating public disorder and disruption of normal activities were arrested by police during past 24 hours.

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