Curfew, protest shutdown continues in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 19 (IANS) Authorities continued curfew and restrictions across Kashmir on Friday as the separatists announced extension of the protest shutdown till August 25.

“Curfew shall continue in Anantnag, Magam town and parts of Srinagar city while restrictions shall remain in force at other places,” a senior police official said here.

The police has lodged an FIR under section 302 of criminal procedure code (C rPc)against army personnel for the alleged murder of a teacher, Shabir Ahmad Mongu of Khrew area in Pulwama district.

Family and villagers alleged that army personnel ruthlessly beat the teacher to death as they ransacked homes in the area on Thursday.

The death toll has risen to 67 in the ongoing cycle of violence that started here on July 9 after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed.

Meanwhile, Baseer Khan, Kashmir divisional commissioner has scorched rumours that oil companies have stopped supplies of fuels to the Valley.

Khan said the oil companies had issues of security to tankers bringing in supplies and they had been assured adequate security.

All educational institutions, shops, public transport and other businesses have remained closed.

–IANS

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