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Uneasy in paradise, curfew on

A 14-year-old boy wounded in clashes with security forces died in a hospital here on Monday as curfew continued without any relaxation in Kashmir Valley for the third day following the hanging of Afzal Guru.

All 10 district headquarters have been under curfew since Saturday, when Afzal Guru, who belonged to Sopore, was hanged in Delhi for his role in the 13 Dec, 2001 attack on parliament.

As tension continued in the valley, Ubaid Ahmad Rather, who had been injured Sunday in clashes with security forces in Watergam (Rafiabad) village in Baramulla district died in Srinagar's super specialty Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura hospital, family sources said. Four others had been injured.

In another incident, a youth identified as Tariq Ahmad Bhat drowned in Jhelum river. Police said the youth had died after a boat capsize. However, villagers in Batwina village of north Kashmir Ganderbal district said he was being chased by security forces during the protests and jumped into the river in panic.  

Authorities have said there would be no restrictions on the movements of medical staff and all others responsible for maintaining essential services in the valley. ‘Their identity cards should be treated as curfew passes by the security forces,’ an official told reporters.

No print editions of local newspapers could hit the stands here for the second day. Cable television operations in Srinagar city also remained suspended for the third day. No internet services were available in the Valley on Monday.

On the issue of Omar’s interview, Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit said that he remembers two things that J&K CM had said. ‘One was that the hanging was selective and on that I want to say that this procedure has been unfolding for several months and as and when the President rejected Afzal Guru’s mercy petition and after that government has taken action. And the other case about which Omar has mentioned in his statement that are also with the President. And the moment It gets cleared from there, I am sure that we will deal with the other cases like we dealt with Guru’s case. There is a process to everything and that does not mean that a process has to be jumped.’


Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah has told his ministers to move around in their constituencies to check protests and explain to the people that the state govt had no role in Afzal Guru's execution, sources said. ‘We have been told to explain the govt's position vis-a-vis the hanging of Afzal Guru,’ a minister said. ‘The purpose seems to be to avert the recurrence of the 2010 type protests by the people and reaction by the law enforcing agencies in which 120 men and women, mostly youngsters, were killed,’ he said.
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