Kashmir unrest: Separatists extend shutdown till July 25, curfew continues

| Updated: Jul 20, 2016 23:31 IST

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), July 20 (ANI): With Kashmir witnessing unrest following protests over the last few days post killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the separatists have extended shutdown in the valley up to July 25 even as the authorities have clamped curfew in certain regions. Army Chief General Dalbir Singh earlier today visited and reviewed the security situation in Kashmir. He expressed his grief and concern over the casualties of civilians and security forces during the protests and also appealed for peace. The death toll climbed to 44 today as several civilians have lost their lives and several people sustained injuries after clashing with security forces in the state. Expressing grief over the loss of life and injuries sustained by the protesters, the Army had earlier appealed to the people of the Valley to maintain peace and refrain from attacking security forces or their vehicles or establishments, thus creating situations where they are left with no option but to retaliate in self defence. On Monday, a 10-day curfew was imposed by the state government and 20 additional troops of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed by the centre to maintain law and order in the state. All mobile phone services, excluding BSNL, trains and internet services continue to remain suspended. According to reports, several newspapers were banned from publishing for three days; however Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister Mehbooba mufti categorically denied the claim stating that no such decision was made. The incidents of violence continue to crop up despite the Centre and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti urging the people to maintain calm and cooperate with the state government to restore peace in the valley. (ANI)