Peaceful I-day celebrations in Kashmir Valley

Independence Day celebrations in the Kashmir went off peacefully on Sunday even as curfew and restrictions were imposed in the region following a separatists` call to observe "black day".

Updated: Aug 15, 2010, 16:12 PM IST

Srinagar: Independence Day celebrations in the Kashmir went off peacefully on Sunday even as curfew and restrictions were imposed in the region following a
separatists` call to observe "black day".

Tight security was put in place across capital Srinagar and other parts of the Valley to pre-empt any untoward incident.

"Independence day parade celebrations were held
peacefully at all district and tehsil headquarters in the
valley", an official said.

"Curfew has been imposed in Srinagar, Anantnag,
Mattan, Bijbehara and Trehgam towns while restrictions on the
movement of the people was in force in rest of the valley
today", a police official said.

He said the step was taken to prevent protests in
Anantnag and north Kashmir following killing of two persons
and injuring six others last evening in security forces action
at Laizbal in Anantnag and Narbal on the outskits of Srinagar.

Police and paramilitary forces were seen patrolling
the deserted streets.

The separatists had asked people to observe "black
day" today in the valley as a protest against what they called
"illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and denial of
independence to its people by India".

As the separatists had threatened social boycott of
those who venture out on roads today in violation of the call
for observance of black day, People preferred to remain
indoors in the valley.

Shops and business markets remained closed and
transport off the roads.

PTI