Yasin Malik arrested, unrest over Sabzar Bhat killing, Valley under curfew

Muhammad Yasin Malik, chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), was arrested by the police from his Srinagar home.

“He has been shifted to the central jail,” a police official said.

Yesterday, Malik had visited Ratsuna village in Tral where he had met the family members of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Bhat and Faizan Ahmad who were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Saimoh village of Jammu and Kashmir.

Curfew has already been announced following the killing.

Unrest stirred in the Valley after Bhat’s killing, as locals took to the streets and clashed with the security forces to express their anger.

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The curfew has been announced in parts of Srinagar falling under the jurisdiction of eight police stations including Kralkhud, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safa kadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Batamaloo and Nowhatta.

The district administrations announced strict restrictions which will be continued till the further orders.

The authorities also ordered closure of schools and colleges in Srinagar district in the wake of protests and clashes witnessed in various city schools and colleges.

Yesterday, the mobile internet services were also suspended a day after authorities lifted a month-long ban on the social media.

The outgoing calls on prepaid mobiles were also broke out after protests in several parts of the Valley.

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The death of Sabazar Bhat, who succeeded Burhan Wani has triggered protests, shutdown and curfew-like situation.

The Tral operation was a coordinated effort of the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), the JKP, Special Operation Group (SOG) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

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On Saturday, the Indian Army confirmed killing 10 heavily armed intruders and terrorists in last 24 hours. It said that relentless operations by security forces have defeated desperate attempts by Pakistan and Pakistan-sponsored agents to spread terror in the Jammu and Kashmir in the run up to the holy month of Ramazan.

“In the last 24 hours, 10 heavily armed intruders and terrorists have been successfully eliminated. In an ongoing counter-infiltration operation on the Line of Control in the Rampur sector, a group of 6 armed intruders have been intercepted and eliminated. In another counter-terrorist operation based on specific intelligence generated from local sources in Tral, South Kashmir has so far resulted in killing 2 terrorists,” said a release by the Northern Command.


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