Politics

Kashmir: Villagers Allege Custodial Death; Govt to Restore Mobile and Internet Services

Security personnel guarding at Lal Chowk during curfew in Srinagar on Tuesday. Credit: PTI/S. Irfan

Security personnel guarding at Lal Chowk during curfew in Srinagar on Tuesday. Credit: PTI/S. Irfan

Normal life remained disrupted in the Kashmir Valley for the 69th consecutive day on Thursday.

Restrictions have been imposed on the movement and assembly of people in all parts of the Valley, except the Civil Lines area of Srinagar city, a police official said.

He said the situation across the Valley was peaceful so far.

The official said that security forces had been deployed in strength at vulnerable places in the Valley even as aerial surveillance using drones and helicopters continued.

Curfew in Rajouri

Curfew was imposed on Wednesday night in Rajouri town of Jammu and Kashmir after tension prevailed, police said.

“Curfew was imposed in the Rajouri town tonight. There were incidents of heavy stone-pelting and communal tension in the town,” inspector general Johny William told PTI. “The situation is tense but under control.”

Meanwhile, Rajouri district magistrate Shabir Ahmed Bhat said that camel meat was recovered from some passengers in a commercial vehicle which lead to spread of rumours, following which clashes erupted in some parts of Rajouri town, prompting the district administration to impose curfew to avoid any loss of life and property.

The army was also called in for a flag march but has been put on stand-by, he added.

Meanwhile, an investigation has been initiated by the police into the alleged instigation of mob which led to damage to property and a case has been registered in the matter.

One person killed, villagers allege custodial death

According to an Indian Express report, the death of 24-year-old Mansoor Ahmad Lone triggered protests in Sopore on Wednesday. Villagers accused the army of killing him in custody.

Lone reportedly went missing on Tuesday after clashes between protestors and security forces, and his body was found at a stone quarry on Wednesday.

“A body was recovered from the stone quarry. The people allege that he was picked up by the Army. The Army says they did not detain him,” Sopore superintendent of police Harmeet Singh told the Indian Express. “The villagers buried the body before our team of doctors arrived. We have registered an FIR and are investigating the case.”

Mobile services, internet to be restored shortly, says Naeem Akhtar

Education minister and government spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said that broadband internet facility and mobile connectivity would be restored within a day or two in the Valley, Greater Kashmir reported.

“Government had inputs about some vested interests planning big troubles in some important places and uploading the pictures of the slaughtering of sacrificial animals only to further the cause of provocation in Jammu region. These were the reasons for imposing curfew and restrictions and withdrawing broadband Internet facility,” Greater Kashmir quoted him as saying.

“Home Minister saying situation would be restored shortly shows his concern on some vital issues. The bigger concern for the government is education which can’t be compensated. The clock cannot be turned back to make student fill the big gaps created in completing their syllabi in schools and colleges,” he added.

(with PTI inputs)