Srinagar: With the situation remaining tense in violence-hit areas of the Kashmir Valley, authorities on Thursday gave no relaxation in curfew in Sopore, Baramulla and Anantnag and tightened security measures in Srinagar ahead of a proposed march by separatists. After four days of continuous violence, the valley found a calm and incident free day after a weeklong angry street protest. People protested against the killing of 11 youth in CRPF firing since June 11.
A large number of women security personnel have been deployed in the Valley to prevent the protest march by women called by the both factions of Hurriyat Conference on Thursday.
A top police officer told Agence India Press that, we have deployed 300-400 women security personnel to prevent the protest march by women called by the both factions of Hurriyat Conference and to maintain law and order.
Curfew restrictions, which were imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar on June 28 following violence, were further tightened on Thursday in the wake of separatists call to the women of the valley to march to ‘Pather Masjid’ in the old city.
Contingents of women police personnel have also been deployed in the sensitive areas to prevent the march called by both faction of Hurriyat Conference.
All roads leading to Pather Masjid have been sealed and road blockades erected to prevent the march.
A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held a meeting on Kashmir to assess the situation, there’s tenuous calm across the Kashmir Valley with thousands of CRPF men and police personnel deployed in all major towns across 10 districts.
Curfew and restrictions are being strictly enforced. On Wednesday too, large parts of the state remained under curfew. The day passed off without any more casualties, though sporadic clashes were reported from some areas.
From north to south Kashmir, the valley is literally being managed by the police and security forces to deal with the crisis. The government hopes that curfew and security restrictions will help to douse the flames and calm tempers.
A flag march was led by a Brigadier to defuse the tension in Baramulla district of North Kashmir, which was under curfew since Tuesday.
An indefinite curfew was imposed in Anantnag, 100 km away from Srinagar, due to the killing of three teenagers in CRPF firing.
Meanwhile, with the tight security arrangements, the second batch of 3,245 pilgrims today left Jammu base camp for 3,888 meter high cave shrine of Lord Shiva at Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.
As many as 3,245 pilgrims comprising of 2,111 male, 704 females, 137 children and 293 sadhus left in 119 vehicles from Bagwatinagar Yatri Bhawan, base camp in Jammu, around 0500 hours today, police officials said.
The yatra convoy with mobile escort of CRPF, police and ITBP has already crossed Udhampur and are on their way to the base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam in Kashmir valley, they said.
While, the first batch of yatris, which left Jammu yesterday reached Pahalgam in the wee hours this morning.
As many as 2.75 lakh pilgirms have been registered so far across the country. The yatra would conclude on August 25.