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Curfew restrictions choking Srinagar's supply lines

By Mukhtar Ahmad
February 07, 2010 18:20 IST
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Fresh protests erupted Sunday in Srinagar where the authorities have clamped strict curfew restrictions in the old city area.For the third day in sucession, protests were held in the Nishat area of Srinagar, where a youth had been shot at and killed allegedly by the security forces on Friday afternoon.

Hundreds of protestors marched on the banks of the Dal Lake in the pouring rain and snow and staged a sit-in outside the local police station demanding action against the security men they alleged had shot and killed the 17-year old schoolboy Zahid Farooq Sheikh.

The old city areas continued to reel under strict security restrictions for the fourth day, with police paramilitary and central reserve police force personnel disallowing all pedestrian and vehicular movement.In some areas parents were allowed to come out in small groups and get their children immunized during Sunday's Pulse Polio drive in the valley. The residents in old city areas are facing an acute shortage of essential items due to the curfew.

The restrictions are unlikely to be lifted on Monday as the moderate All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq has called for a march to the United Nations Military Observers Group office in Sonwar.

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