Valley comes to a grinding halt

A day after killing of a 24-year-old youth in alleged CRPF firing in old city area here, life in the Kashmir valley came to a grinding halt on Thursday in the wake of indefinite curfew imposed by authorities.

Initially the authorities had announced that curfew would be imposed in Srinagar city only. However, later it was imposed in other major towns of the Valley also. Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have been deployed to enforce the round-the-clock curfew throughout the city.

The police had placed barricades and concertina wires on various roads in old city hampering vehicular and pedestrian movement.

Reports said some of the tourists in Boulevard and its adjoining areas faced inconvenience as the police and para-military CRPF did not allow them to even venture on roads.

A police spokesperson said situation remained largely peaceful throughout the valley, though there were isolated incidents of stone pelting at few places. “Miscreants pelted stones at Kurhama, Badergund in Ganderbal and Safakadal in Srinagar. The police and security forces exercised maximum restraint while dealing with the law and order situations. Eight police personnel were injured during these incidents,” he said.

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