1. In a first, curfew imposed in Kashmir on Eid; 1 civilian dies in clashes

In a first, curfew imposed in Kashmir on Eid; 1 civilian dies in clashes

Not just the curfew, for the first time Eid prayers were not held at the famous Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, while the marketplaces look deserted and gloomy on a festive day.

By: | Updated: September 13, 2016 1:35 PM
eid-ap-L At least 78 civilians have been killed and thousands wounded in protest-related violence, mostly by government forces firing bullets and pellets. (AP)

For the first time in a decade, all districts of the Kashmir Valley were under the shadow of curfew on the day of Bakr-Edi in order to prevent any outbreak of violence. However, a man was killed and several others were injured when they were caught in clashes in Bandipore, an area 70 km from Jammu and Kashmir capital Srinagar.

Not just the curfew, for the first time Eid prayers were not held at the famous Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar. This is for the first time in 26 years since that no Eid congregations will be held at the Idgah and Hazratbal shrines.  However, as per sources,  people will be allowed to offer Eid prayers in local mosques.

The massive footfall of customers in the market remained missing with all these outlets closed. One of the famous confectionery-cum-bakery on the upmarket Residency Road — Modern Sweets — stuck a poster outside its store reading: ‘No bakery available on Eid’. Shakti Sweets, which is right next to Modern Sweets, also had its shutters down.

Restrictions have been put in the Valley so as to restrain separatists’ call for a ‘UN March’, restrictions on assembly of large number of people have been imposed in view of the call by separatists for a march to the local offices of the United Nations today, coinciding with the global body’s Opening of 71st Session of the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York today.

The government has already ordered a shutdown of internet services of all telecom networks and also mobile telephony except that of the state-run BSNL for the next 72 hours.

Opposition National Conference slammed the government for its decision to impose curfew on the occasion of Eid, saying it vindicated the party’s claim that the Mehbooba Mufti government had no control over the situation.

“The PDP always loves to compare the situation with 2010 agitation but never ever has there been a curfew on auspicious occasion like Eid before,” the National Conference spokesman said.

On the other hand, attacking the Modi government for the use of helicopters and drones to prevent any untoward incident in the Kashmir Valley,  Congress on Tuesday said the use of such devices in the context of a security situation in India is possibly the biggest failure of the BJP-led NDA Government.

“It is of course the responsibility of the state to maintain law and order but perhaps this is for the first time the word ‘drone’ is being used in the context of a security situation in India. Drones are usually associated with Afghanistan, South and North Waziristan in Pakistan. This is perhaps for the first time that the word drone in a security context has figured in the Indian narrative and this is possibly the biggest failure of this government,” he added.

Police said in a statement that authorities used drones and helicopters for surveillance in the region, which has been wracked by protests for two months following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Not just drones and helicopters, army too has been stationed at various vantage points in rural areas in order to keep a hawk’s eye. At least 78 civilians have been killed and thousands wounded in protest-related violence, mostly by government forces firing bullets and pellets. Two policemen have also been killed and hundreds of others injured in the clashes.

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