Ramban firing: Amarnath yatra suspended for 2nd day, curfew continues
Curfew remained in force for the second day today in all major towns of Kashmir while rest of the Valley was placed under restrictions to prevent protests against the firing incident in Ramban district that left four persons dead and dozens others injured.
Amarnath yatra also remained suspended for the second day today in view of curfew imposed in many parts of Kashmir Valley and Ramban district on Jammu Srinagar National Highway due to the firing incident in Gool area. No fresh batch of pilgrims was allowed to proceed towards Kashmir from the base camp in Jammu, official sources said.
An official spokesman last night said the decision to suspend the yatra was taken as a precautionary measure. "Due to the prevailing situation, and the restrictions imposed in the parts of the state, the Amarnath yatra shall remain suspended," the spokesman said.
Over 2.50 lakh pilgrims have participated in this year syatra to perform the darshan of the naturally-formed ice lingam at Amarnath cave in south Kashmir Himalayas. Four persons were killed yesterday when security personnel opened fire at a mob that had gathered at a BSF camp in Ramban district to protest against alleged manhandling of an Imam of the area by the force.
The curfew, which was imposed in the early morning on on Friday, remained in force in all areas of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora districts and Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bijbehara and Sopore towns, official sources said.
Restrictions under section 144 CrPC, which does notpermit assembly of four or more persons, have been imposed in rest of the Valley, the sources said.
Curfew was imposed yesterday as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problems in view of the separatist calls for protests and march to Lal Chowk. The restrictions continued today in view of large scale protests and clashes in many parts of the Valley that left 22 persons including 17 security force personnel injured.