Shutdown paralyses Kashmir Valley, restrictions in Srinagar

The Kashmir Valley shut down Wednesday in response to a call by separatists while life in the summer capital ground to a halt with authorities imposing curfew-like restrictions in several areas.

Srinagar: The Kashmir Valley shut down Wednesday in response to a call by separatists while life in the summer capital ground to a halt with authorities imposing curfew-like restrictions in several areas.

Restrictions in Srinagar`s old city as well as Maisuma and Batmallo localities were imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, police said.

Security forces were patrolling the areas, disallowing any pedestrian and vehicular movement.
Shops were shut and public transport remained off the road. But some private vehicles were seen plying on the streets.

The situation was similar in the valley with the hardline faction of the separatist Hurriyat Conference, led by Syed Ali Geelani, calling for a two-day shutdown and asking people to hold street protests against alleged human rights violations.
At least 15 people have been killed, including a 25-year-old women, in the clashes between protesters and security forces since June 11.

Cordon and search operation in Poonch

A cordon and search operation was
today launched in the forest belt of Beri Rakh in Poonch
district where an army Major was killed and six other
securitymen, including a Colonel, were injured in an encounter
with suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists.

"The operation to track down the militants is going
on. Massive cordon has been laid around the forest belt of
Beri Rakh in Mendhar border belt of Poonch district and
searches are on since this morning," a senior army official
said.

Troops of 37 Rashtriya Rifles are engaged in the
operation, he said.

Major Amit Phunge was killed in the encounter with the
militants last night, while Colonel Ajay Katoch of 47
Rashtriya Rifles injured when the terrorists resorted to heavy
fire and lobbed grenades.

The army team had gone to the spot following
information that about 15 Pakistan-based terrorists had
sneaked in.

The injured included Dinesh Kumar and Satinder Kumar,
both Signalmen, Naik Jasbir Singh, Sepoy Samir Kumar and
Rifleman Basharat Hussain.

With IANS & PTI

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