Kashmir Valley to be under curfew on Eid, mobile, internet services barred

Srinagar, Sep 12 (IANS) Curfew will be imposed across Kashmir Valley on Eid on Tuesday while all mobile phone services, save BSNL post-paid connections, and internet services have been already been suspended, officials said.

Curfew will be in place in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, said officials.

All phone services were suspended on Monday evening even as the shutdown continued for the 66th day and later broadband Internet facility on fixed landlines was also stopped. Mobile Internet facilities on cell phones and other appliances have already been suspended since the current spell of violence broke out in July.

Separatists have appealed to locals to celebrate Eid on Tuesday with austerity as a mark of respect for the victims of the ongoing unrest, and called for march to the office of United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Sonwar area of Srinagar.

The authorities’ decision to impose curfew is intended to prevent the march.

“We have intelligence inputs that separatists are planning large scale violence on Eid in Srinagar and elsewhere. Adequate arrangements have been made to scuttle the separatist designs,” said a senior intelligence officer.

–IANS

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