Posted Mon, 07/26/2010 – 15:08
SRINAGAR, India – The death of a man in police custody in Indian Kashmir has sparked fresh tensions in the disputed region where security forces have struggled to contain weeks of protests and unrest.
Tariq Dar was detained by police last week in the northern district of Baramulla.
The death brought hundreds of Kashmiris out on the streets of his hometown of Rafiabad overnight chanting “We Want Freedom!” and “Punish The Killers!” witnesses told AFP by telephone.AFP
The protests continued on Monday.
UNI Adds from Srinagar:The authorities imposed curfew like restrictions in some parts of Srinagar this morning, fearing trouble after the body of a missing youth was recovered.
The body of Farooq Ahmad Bhat, who had been missing for the past four days from Sheikh Dawood Colony Batmaloo, was fished out from Jehlum river in the old city yesterday.
Residents of Batmaloo, who took to the streets last evening, alleged that Bhat was killed by security forces after his arrest.
However, officials denied the allegations.
Taking no chance, additional security force personnel were rushed to the area this morning to prevent any further demonstrations.
All roads in the entire Batmaloo were sealed and people were being directed to stay indoor.
A UNI senior engineer showed his curfew pass and identity card at three places to the security forces. The personnel announced that curfew has been imposed since 0630 hrs.
People alleged that they were not being allowed to purchase essentials, including bread and milk by the security forces, deployed outside almost every house in the area.
At Rainawari area in the downtown, security forces were seen directing the people not to come out of their houses. However, as the day progressed some private vehicles were seen plying on the Srinagar-Hazrtbal road.
A UNI correspondent, who visited other downtown and Shehar-e-Khas areas witnessed deserted streets at Nowhatta, Gojwara, Rajouri Kadal and Rangar stop.
Security forces wearing bulletproof jackets and holding lathis and automatic weapons could be seen guarding deserted streets and directing people to stay indoor.
At Khanyar, the main road leading to downtown and SeK was closed with barbed wire.
Adequate number of security force personnel remained deployed outside the historic Jamia masjid, where no Friday prayers were held for the past four weeks.
Restrictions had also been imposed in the area on the both sides of Nallahmar.