Sabzar's killing: Tense situation prevails in Kashmir

Candice Alexander
June 4, 2017

In the areas, where restrictions were not enforced, life was crippled by the two-day shutdown called by the separatists against killing of Sabzar Bhat and his associate in an encounter with security forces on Sunday. "A group of miscreants stoned a CRPF camp". Train and mobile and internet services also remained suspended, today.

All shops and business establishments in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley remained closed while public transport was off the roads.

Authorities imposed strict curfew and restrictions on Sunday and extended it until Tuesday, besides ordering closure of educational institutions on Monday and Tuesday to prevent protests from spreading.

People in hundreds had arrived on Saturday from different places of south Kashmir to attend the burial of Sabzar and Faizan who were killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Saimoh village.

The separatist trio - chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chief Yasin Malik - also called for a march to Tral on Tuesday in protest against the killing.

Schools and colleges have also been closed for Monday in Srinagar and for two days in Pulwama.

"Barring two minor stone pelting incidents in Tahab (Pulwama) and 90 Feet Raod (Srinagar), the situation remained under control", he said, adding that no injury was reported during these incidents.

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He said the situation in Kashmir, especially in Srinagar, "is normal and tourists can move easily to tourist destinations".

Government forces in riot gear set up barricades in the main city, Srinagar, and other towns in southern Kashmir to prevent people from reaching Bhat's funeral in Tral.

Earlier in the day, curfew was announced following the killing of Hijbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmed Bhat in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral area on Saturday.

Curfew like restrictions have been imposed in Ganderbal, Badgam, Bandipora and Kupwara in north Kashmir while in south Kashmir, there are unprecedented security arrangements in Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian to ensure minimum attendance at Bhat's funeral prayers.

Police and security forces said they used "maximum restraint" before chasing them away.

High tension and uneasy calm has started affecting the tourist inflow into the Kashmir Valley. For a state administration apprehensive of a repeat of the violent protests that followed the killing of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in July, things have mostly been under control.

The unrest that followed Wani's killing lasted almost six months during which 94 civilians were killed and hundreds other injured.

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