Major J&K towns under curfew, air services suspended

SRINAGAR: Curfew was on Tuesday extended to all major towns of the Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure after violent clashes left 14 people dead and over 50 injured, official sources said here.

Air services to and from Srinagar have been suspended for three more days. Air services in Srinagar were earlier under suspension since September 3 due to renovation work on the runway, but were otherwise operating from the military airport at Awantipora in Pulwama. The services have now been been stopped due to bad security situation in the Valley.

A mob defied curfew in north Kashmir’s Khanpora in Baramulla district on Tuesday morning and indulged in heavy stone pelting on the security forces. The police used tear smoke shells to disperse the mob. One protester is reported to have got injured. Heavy pelting was going on the security forces till last reports came in.

Srinagar city, Anantnag, Bijbehara, Awantipora, Lethpora, Pampore and Pulwama towns in south Kashmir and Sopore town in north Kashmir were already under curfew since Sunday.

The new areas that have been brought under the ambit of prohibitory orders include Budgam town, Choon, Mirgund, Ompora, Narkara, Shekhpora, Humhama, I.G. Road, Gulwanpora, Nadir Gund, Chadoora and Wathoora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Curfew was also imposed in Ganderbal and Kangan towns, Kulgam, Qoimoh, Shopian town, Baramulla town, Tangmarg, Kupwara town, Tregham, Kralpora, Handwara, Chotipora, Kulangam and Bandipora town.

A police spokesman said a mob took out the belongings and bedding of police personnel from a police post at Khanabal-Pahalgam Road in Anantnag town on Monday night and set them on fire.

A troops carrier of the state police was torched at Charier Sharief in Budgam district, he said.

Fresh violence erupted in Kashmir on Monday, leaving 17 dead, including a policeman and over 70 injured with mobs torching several government properties and a private school after a television report alleged desecration of a holy book in the US.

The state cabinet yesterday condemned the alleged act of desecration and made a fervent appeal to the people not to take law in their own hands.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Monday voiced concern over the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir. He also sought to reach out to the people in the state, saying their grievances have to be addressed and promised talks within the Indian Constitution with those who abjure violence – Timesofindia