Published On: Sun, Feb 24th, 2019

Following mass arrests Valley remained shut on Sunday

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As a reciprocate to the arrests of about 150 separatist, many linked to Jamaat-e-Islami, by security agencies as part of a crackdown much of the Kashmir Valley remained closed on Sunday.

Following mass arrests Valley remained shut on Sunday

In a statement Governor Satya Pal Malik appealed the Kashmiris not to believe on rumors. He said, “These rumors are unnecessarily creating an atmosphere of fear in the minds of people, leading to stress and disruption of normal life.”

Even after the statement of the Governor markets remained deserted and shops were shut. However, some shops selling medicines were open and people were seen stocking up fearing worse situation would arrive. Traffic movement was very thin and deployment of more troops was seen. Major parts of old city are in restrictions. Authorities have barricaded and blocked the roads to stop mass public movement and to help maintain peace and tranquility.

JAH secretary general Abdul Lateef Alkindi said, “Police took away our district president Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri and his deputy Shiraz Ahmad Hajam. Besides member of another faction of Jamiat has also been detained.”

In Kulgam district an encounter led to the death of a deputy superintendent of police Aman Kumar Thakur and an Army jawan Naib Subedar Somveer of 34 Rashtriya Rifles. Three militants linked to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) too were killed.

The deputy superintended was a 2011-batch Jammu and Kashmir Police Services officer and for past two years was posted in Kulgam, which is a terrorist-hit area. While being posted as DySP he has led several anti-terror operations.

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