As the tension between India and Pakistan is appearing to be easing out, Kashmir continues to remain strained. Authorities have imposed restrictions on the movement of the common people in Srinagar’s old parts today. Large columns of police and CRPF have been deployed in the areas coming under Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Habbakadal and Safakadal police stations.
Reports said that Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been placed under house arrest.
Reports said that restrictions have also been imposed in Anantnag town, Bijbehara and other parts of South Kashmir. Anantnag town has been barricaded with barbed wires and all the entry and exit routes have been sealed.
An official confirming it said that the step has been taken as a precautionary measure to maintain “law and order”.
The restrictions across the cities and towns have been imposed following a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami. Jamaat was declared unlawful for a period of five years by the central government on Thursday night.
The imposition of curbs also followed after the clearance of amendment of Article 370 clause for SC and ST quota by Union Cabinet without prior consent of the state assembly that stands dissolved
Two militants killed in overnight Handwara encounter
Meanwhile two militants were killed in an overnight encounter with government forces in north Kashmir’s Handwara area. Reports said that government forces comprising of 22-RR, CRPF and SOG laid siege of Babgund Langate in Handwara following information about the presence of militants around 1.00 AM and launched a search operation.
During the operation a firefight erupted between the trapped militants and government forces which ended with the killing of two militants. The identities of the slain and their group affiliation was not known immediately. The searches in the area is still going on.