Woman injured in clashes, restrictions in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 8: A woman was injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir today as authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in the valley to foil separatists’ plan for a rally in Tral town to commemorate the first death anniversary of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
Clashes broke out in at least a dozen places in south Kashmir as small groups of people defied restrictions and tried to go to Tral, the native town of Wani in Pulwama district, a police official said.
A woman sustained multiple pellet injuries in one such clash in Shopian town.
Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength across Kashmir and Internet services snapped to maintain law and order, officials said.
Normal life came to a standstill in the valley due to a strike called by the separatists and curfew-like restrictions imposed by the authorities.
Curfew was imposed in three towns, including Tral, as a precautionary measure, a senior police official said.
The separatist camp, including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF, has asked people to march to Tral, about 36 km from here, to pay tribute to Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces on this day last year.
The official said curfew had also been imposed in Shopian town of south Kashmir and Trehgam in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. “Elsewhere in the valley, restrictions on the movement of people are being strictly enforced,” he added.
In view of the prevailing situation in the valley, Amarnath pilgrimage has been suspended from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu till further orders.
The yatra, however, continued from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Kashmir. From Jammu, the pilgrims reach Pahalgam or Baltal base camp, before proceeding to the cave shrine.
All university examinations scheduled for today have been postponed. Schools were closed earlier in the week.
Shops and business establishments remained closed while vehicles remained off roads.