Peaceful I-day celebrations in Valley

Last Updated: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 21:44

Srinagar: Independence day celebrations in
Kashmir passed off peacefully on Sunday even as curfew was imposed
in the region following a call by separatists to observe a
`black` day.

Tight security arrangements were put in place across the
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 movement of
people was in force in the rest of the Valley today, a police
official said.

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

Police and paramilitary forces were seen patrolling the
deserted streets.

Separatists had asked people to observe `black` day today
in the Valley to protest what they call as the "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 the roads today in violation of their black
day call, people preferred to remain indoors in the Valley.

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

PTI



First Published: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 21:44

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