Authorities today imposed curfew and restrictions to foil " freedom march" in three districts of Shopian, Bandipora and Ganderbal in the Kashmir valley, where 83 persons, mostly youths, were killed in security force action since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.Police said curfew has been imposed in entire Shopian district in south Kashmir to prevent any violence following ''freedom march'', called by separatists today.
All the main roads were closed with barbed wire to prevent any march. Paramilitary forces and state police, besides Army and ITBP personnel had been deployed to strictly implement the curfew restrictions.
Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, said the curfew has been imposed as a precautionary measures to prevent any violence in the district.
People in the main Shopian town alleged that they were not even allowed to purchase milk and bread besides medicine by the security forces deployed near main gates of their houses since early this morning.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the present agitation since July 9, in a latest protest calendar had extended the strike till September 22. The separatists had today called ''freedom march'' in Shopian in south, Ganderbal in central and Bandipora in north Kashmir today.
Though police said restrictions on assembly of people under Section 144 CrPC continued in Ganderbal and Bandipora, the situation on the ground was totally different.
Residents of main town Ganderbal alleged that they were being direct to remain indoors as curfew has been imposed. In fact all roads are closed with barbed wire and nobody is being allowed to enter Ganderbal from Srinagar or other areas, including Kangan.
There were clashes between stone pelting demonstrators and security forces at several places in the district, official source said, adding today strict restrictions are being implemented to prevent any march or demonstration.
Large number of paramilitary forces and state police personnel remained deployed in Bandipora, where majority roads are closed and people are being directed to remain indoors.
Security forces are not allowing people from outskirts to enter the main Bandipora town. UNI ABS SV ADG PM1115
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