Curfew imposed in Kashmir ahead of Hurriyat protest march

October 27th, 2010 - 7:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Srinagar, Oct. 27 (ANI): Curfew was re-imposed here on Wednesday, ahead of a protest march called by separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference.

Separatists had a given call for a protest march to the office of military observers of the United Nations in Sonwar area of Srinagar.

Police and paramilitary troops were patrolling deserted streets.

Market places were completely shut down, and barbed wire fencing and barricades erected as police vehicles conducted round-the-clock patrolling.

Public transport remained off roads causing problems for commuters.

“Because of the call given by Mirwaiz, this curfew has been imposed in the city. Students are facing a lot of difficulties due to this. I have come here from very far and I could not even get any transport,” said Mudasir Ahmad, a student.

At least 110 people have been killed since June, in clashes between security forces and protestors.

The recent wave of protests in Kashmir subsided after New Delhi relaxed security in Srinagar, freed some 50 protestors, announced compensation for families of the dead and offered to talk to all political groups.

But many Kashmiris dismiss the offer as inadequate and hardliner separatists said they would press on with protests. (ANI)

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