Curfew like restrictions imposed in Palhalan following nocturnal clashes

Srinagar: Undeclared curfew was on Sunday imposed in Palhalan area of North Kashmir’s Pattan town following nocturnal clashes between locals and security forces that erupted due to arrest of a local shopkeeper for alleged involvement in various militancy and stone-pelting incidents.

Locals said that people were no allowed to move out of their houses and were not even allowed to reach local Mosque for prayer. “Many policemen had cordoned the Mosque who did not allow anyone to enter it for prayer”, a local resident said.

Reports said that police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were deployed in large number to foil any kind of procession in the area. Streets of the area wore deserted look, reports said.

However, Deputy Commissioner (Baramulla) Ghulam Ahmed Khawaja said that he has not ordered the imposition of curfew in the town. He said that only restrictions are imposed in the town to thwart any protests.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of North Kashmir Police, J. P. Singh, said that the restrictions were imposed as precautionary measure and people were asked to stay indoors. “There is no curfew,” he said.

(Inputs: CNS)