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Kashmir Valley remains paralysed for eighth day

Security personnel patrol during curfew in Srinagar on Saturday. Photo: Nissar Ahmad   | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD;NISSAR AHMAD -

Curfew remained in force across Kashmir on Saturday and normal life was paralysed for the eighth day in the wake of clashes following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani that has left 38 persons dead and over 3,000 injured.

“Curfew continues to remain in force in all 10 districts of Kashmir valley today as precautionary measure for maintaining law and order,” a police official said.

He said the decision to continue the curfew was taken in view of large number of stone-pelting incidents across the Valley on Friday.

Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across the Valley for strict implementation of the prohibitory orders, the official said.

Mobile telephone services in the Valley also remained suspended to prevent any rumour-mongering.

“Only post-paid connections of BSNL are working,” the official said.

Mobile Internet services continued to remain suspended for the seventh day on Saturday while trains are also off the tracks in the Valley as a precautionary measure.

Violent protests rocked Kashmir last weekend following killing of Wani and two of his associates in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016 in Kokernag area of Anantnag district.

In the ensuing clashes with security forces, 38 persons including a cop have been killed while 3,140 persons including 1,500 security personnel have been injured.

Normal life has remained paralysed since Saturday in Kashmir on account of separatist sponsored-strike and restrictions imposed by authorities.

The separatists groups — both factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the JKLF — have been issuing strike calls, a practice reminiscent of the 2010 summer agitation.

The separatists groups on Friday extended their strike call till Monday evening.

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