Jammu & Kashmir : Curfew was re-imposed in Handwara district on Monday again. This happened after there were protests again in Handwara and also in the neighbouring town Kupwara. The clash broke out between police and protestors when the curfew was relaxed for few hours on Monday morning. The curfew like restrictions were relaxed for a few hours in the morning and this clash forced the authorities to re-impose the curfew, though the mobile services have been restored in the valley.
The curfew was to be relaxed from 8 to 11 am in the Northern region. As soon as the curfew was relaxed, protestors took to the street and started pelting stones on police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The officers said, “Security forces used batons and tear smoke to quell the protests after which curfew was re- imposed.”
Official also said, “Restrictions have been imposed again in Handwara, Kralgund and Trehgam areas of Kupwara district following violent protests. Around 150 youth started pelting stones in Handwara as authorities relaxed the restrictions for three hours. The protestors were chased away and there was no damage done in the incident.”
Last week, curfew was imposed in Handwara town after locals alleged that a soldier had molested a school girl. Following the protest, the mobile internet services were snapped in the valley on Tuesday, but were later restored on Sunday night after no major incident was reported. The protest last week has left five people dead. Three persons which included a woman were killed in firing by the security forces, and two more persons were also killed in a separate security forces actions against the security forces.
The growing disturbance in law and order has created a lot of tension for the newly elected Chief Minister of the State, Mehbooba Mufti. She had also held a round of meetings with union ministers, and also Prime Minister.