Curfew Continues in Srinagar; Two Policemen Injured in Militant Attack

Even as an indefinite curfew continues in Srinagar and other areas of the Kashmir valley, militants today struck in Sopore town injuring two policemen in two separate attacks, said media reports citing officials.

“Militants fired at the State Bank of India building in Sopore town late Thursday, injuring one policeman. In another incident, militants fired at a police vehicle in the same town early Friday and the driver was hurt,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying.

“Both have been shifted to hospital and doctors say they are out of danger,” he was quoted as saying.

For third consecutive day today, curfew continued in all areas of Srinagar city, Sopore, Ganderbal, Handwara and south Kashmir’s Anantnag, Pulwama, Kakpora and some towns along the Jammu-Srinagar highway, reports said.

“Restrictions have been imposed in other towns like Baramulla, Qazigund, Bijbehara, Kangan as well,” another officer was quoted as saying.

“The situation is being closely monitored. A decision about relaxating the curfew would be taken after reviewing the situation later,” he was quoted as saying.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has called an all-party meeting on Monday to hold discussions on the situation in the state, said reports.

The army was called by the civil administration in Kashmir on Wednesday to maintain law and order following widespread violence in the city evoked in reaction to recovery of a teenager’s body, who relatives allege had been forcibly drowned by security forces during clashes.

Three more people, including a 25-year old woman, were killed in Tuesday’s violence.

The army carried out flag marches at many places in the city in the last two days.

(Based on internet reports)

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