Kashmir unrest: Army chief reviews Kashmir situation


Srinagar: Army chief General Dalbir Singh on Friday reviewed the security situation in the Valley, especially in the four worst-affected districts in south Kashmir. Gen. Singh arrived here this morning and was briefed about the prevailing situation in the Valley by General Officer Commanding of Chinar Corps Lt Gen Satish Dua, defence sources said.

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The sources said the army chief visited defence formations in the north and south of the Valley to get first hand account of the situation from the officers on the ground.

“The army chief was informed about the steps to be taken to help the civil administration restore normalcy, particularly in south Kashmir,” the sources said. Gen.Singh also visited foward locations along the Line of Control in Kupwara district to review the preparedness of the anti-infiltration grid, they said. He will call on Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra later before heading back to Delhi.

Curfew was today reimposed in many parts of Kashmir for maintaining law and order ahead of Friday prayers. Normal life remained paralysed for 63rd consecutive day in the unrest-hit Valley where 73 persons have been killed and several thousand others injured in the violence which erupted after Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was gunned down by security forces.

“Curfew has been imposed in many parts of Srinagar city and major towns of the Valley as a precautionary measure in view of apprehensions of violent protests after Friday prayers,” a police official said.

He said 14 police station areas of Srinagar —— the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir —— and towns of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Pampore, Awantipora, Tral, Baramulla, Pattan and Palhallan have been placed under curfew. There are restrictions on the movement and assembly of people in rest of the Valley, he said.

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