Restrictions continue in Srinagar after separatists extend shutdown

The back-to-back attacks follow the murder of Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh another SPO in his home in Bijbehara of Anantnag

The back-to-back attacks follow the murder of Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh another SPO in his home in Bijbehara of Anantnag

Armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region on Monday and are patrolling streets in anticipation of anti-India protests and clashes.

Muslim separatists have been waging a violent campaign against Indian rule since the late 1980s in Indian-held Kashmir. All educational institutes, markets, banks and petrol pumps remained closed.

Authorities shut schools and colleges and cancelled university exams in an attempt to stop protests by students.

The region looked largely deserted with little or no vehicular movement as Indian authorities imposed severe restrictions on residents following a strike call by the region's Kashmiri pro-independence leaders.

A total of three Indian soldiers and 13 Kashmiris died in several clashes south of Srinagar, the main city of the region.

During the investigation, the police said, it has come to notice that local militant Mohammad Saleem Parrey has played a major role in the killing of the said "innocent civilian".

In the past, such allegations have rarely been probed, and some accused military officials have been rewarded.

The government regularly reviews the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and in order to prevent activities of militants, numerous steps have been taken including strengthening of operational grid with enhanced human intelligence and use of technical intelligence grid.

On Sunday, doctors treated and operated on over 50 young men brought to the hospital, majority hit in the eyes by pellets. "A doctor said about 30 could lose their eyesight".

The bill was tabled by PTI MPA Dr Nosheen Hamid on Sunday, denouncing the Indian oppression of Kashmiris for the past 70 years, Express News reported. "Internet shutdowns must not be blanket or indefinite".

People shout slogans as they gather around the body of Shabir Ahmad, a suspected militant who was killed in a gunbattle with Indian security forces, during his funeral at Aghanzipora village, in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, March 16, 2018.

Referring to people marching to encounter sites, IG said some people under the influence of anti-national elements go near the encounter sites and try to disturb the operations and appealed to them to stay away from the encounter sites. The protests have persisted despite the Indian army chief warning that tough action would be taken against stone-throwers during counterinsurgency operations.

A complete shutdown was observed in Kishtwar district also against the killings in South Kashmir.

Abbasi called on the worldwide community to urge India to allow access to fact-finding missions to Jammu and Kashmir, mentioned the report.

Contrary to media reports, tourists were not targeted by stone-pelters in the Kashmir Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir police said Tuesday.

Apprehending large scale protests, the puppet authorities have put restrictions at numerous places across the Kashmir Valley.

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety.

No rebel group fighting against Indian rule immediately issued any statement about Sunday's fighting. They demand that Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.

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