Curfew disrupts normal life in Kashmir Valley

Normal life was disrupted in Kashmir Valley on Tuesday after authorities imposed curfew ahead of a planned march by hardline Hurriyat activists to the residence of their chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani at Hyderpora here.

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2010, 12:26 PM IST

Srinagar: Normal life was disrupted in
Kashmir Valley on Tuesday after authorities imposed curfew ahead of
a planned march by hardline Hurriyat activists to the
residence of their chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani at Hyderpora
here.

Curfew was imposed Monday night as a preventive measure
as authorities apprehended violence during the march to the
residence of Geelani, who has been under house arrest for
almost a month now, officials said.

They said restrictions had to be clamped keeping in
mind violent clashes during such marches in the past.

Masrat Alam, the underground aide of Geelani, has
given the call for the march to protest the house arrest of
the Hurriyat chairman.

A large number of security force personnel have been
deployed across the city, officials said, adding curfew was
strictly being implemented in civil lines areas of the city,
especially areas adjoining Hyderpora.

Elsewhere in the Valley, similar restrictions have
been imposed on the movement of the people in order to
maintain law and order.

A police spokesman said instructions have been issued
to all concerned security force personnel to treat examination
admit cards of students and identity cards of the staff of the
education department as curfew passes.

This has been done to ensure that examinations are
held smoothly and students do not face any difficulty on
account of the restrictions, he said.

The spokesman said the situation across the Valley was
so far peaceful.

PTI