Kashmir shuts against Asiya’s arrest by NIA Curfew in Tral, restrictions in parts of Valley; curbs to continue today

Normal life in Kashmir was affected by the strike called by Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) against the arrest of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Asiya Andrabi and two of her close aides by National Investigation Agency (NIA) while authorities imposed curfew in Tral and restrictions in parts of Valley to foil protests.
In order to prevent people from marching towards Burhan Wani’s home township Tral to mark his second death anniversary, authorities imposed curfew in Tral townhip.
The police and CRPF men were deployed in strength in the Tral township and they had placed barricades on the roads to restrict movement of people.
According to local residents, all routes leading to Tral were sealed off and forces had erected barricades at various places to stop people from marching towards the area.
They said forces were also deployed around the graveyard, where Burhan is buried and around the residence of the slain militant commander.
A heavy contingent of police and paramilitary personnel were also deployed at other major flashpoints in south Kashmir.
The restrictions were also placed in parts of downtown Srinagar today to maintain law and order.
The officials said restrictions would also remain in place tomorrow in Tral, downtown Srinagar and other sensitive areas of south Kashmir.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continued to remain under house arrest while JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik is lodged in Kothibagh police station.
Hurriyat (M) leader and People’s Political Party (PPP) Chairman, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War was arrested by police from his Maisuma residence and lodged police station Maisuma.
Several middle and lower-rung separatist leaders and activists went into hiding to evade the arrest.
Meanwhile, the shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed today and public transport was of the roads.
The work in government offices and banks was affected by the strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik against arrest and shifting of Asiya and two of her close aides to New Delhi by NIA.
The train service was also suspended by authorities due to security reasons. However, private vehicles and three wheelers plied.
The JRL has also called for shutdown tomorrow on the second death anniversary of Burhan, who was killed in an encounter with forces at Bamdoora, Kokernag in south Kashmir on July 8, 2016.
Nearly 100 civilians were killed, thousands injured and hundreds blinded by pellets fired by forces during over five month long following Burhan’s killing.
Meanwhile, divisional commissioner Kashmir said the admit cards of candidates appearing for Probationary Officers (PO) examination of State Bank of India scheduled on Sunday at various centres of Kashmir division shall be considered as curfew/movement pass on the day.
The district administrations have been directed to extend all possible help including transport to candidates appearing for the said examination and set up a helpline in this regard in their respective jurisdictions.

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