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Hurriyat peeved, 10 Kashmir districts under curfew

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Last Updated: September 01, 2008, 12:41 IST

Hurriyat peeved, 10 Kashmir districts under curfew

Separatists call for ‘peaceful’ protests against Amarnath land pact.

Srinagar: Ten districts in Kashmir remained under curfew for the ninth day on Monday with the Hurriyat Conference calling for protests.

Authorities are on alert after the People’s Democratic Party and separatist leaders rejected a deal between a government panel and a combine of Hindu groups to solve the Amarnath land row.

The joint coordination committee of both the Hurriyat groups, headed by hardline Syed Ali Geelani and the moderate chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, have called for peaceful protests on Monday.

Curfew had been relaxed in a phased manner over the past few days across the Valley, but was enforced again on Sunday following sporadic incidents of violence.

In Srinagar, schools remain closed, while shops and offices are working. Authorities expect a let up in the violence as the holy month of Ramadan starts on Tuesday.

"The curfew restrictions would be relaxed in a phased manner at different places, but only after careful assessment about the law and order situation by the district magistrates concerned," a state government official said.

On Sunday, curfew had to be reimposed quickly in the entire old city area of Srinagar, Kulgam, Shopian, Anantnag and Kupwara districts as violent protests broke out following the agreement between the Amaranth Sangarsh Samiti and the four-member panel of the state government regarding the 40 hectares of forest land.

The regional National Conference and the Congress parties here have welcomed the agreement, which led to the situation in Jammu cooling down. However, the People's Democratic Party has opposed it saying it was "unilateral and amounted to surrender before communal forces by the administration”.

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first published:September 01, 2008, 12:41 IST
last updated:September 01, 2008, 12:41 IST