Govt issues shoot at sight orders in Kashmir

From The Hindu: “Shoot-at-Sight orders issued in Kashmir

Amid spiralling violence, shoot- at-sight orders were on Tuesday issued by police in curfew-bound Srinagar as three more persons were killed in firing by security forces on violent protesters who defied restrictions and clashed with them in the Kashmir Valley.

The shoot-at-sight orders were announced through public address systems fitted in police vans in areas of Dal Gate, Residency Road and All India Radio Crossing in the city, police said.

Protesters defied curfew restrictions in Srinagar, Budgam, Bandipora, Awantipora, Kulgam and Baramulla and indulged in heavy stone pelting on security personnel.”

Curfew remained in force in all the ten districts in the Valley.

Protests also spread to Jammu region’s Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar districts as people held anti-government demonstrations and blocked Jammu-Srinagar National Highway over deaths in firing by security forces in the Valley.

A group of people gathered on the highway at Banihal and held demonstrations, official sources said.

They blocked the highway and pelted stones on a few vehicles disrupting traffic. As a result of the blockade, hundreds of vehicles were stranded at various places on the highway.

The demonstrations were also held in Kishtwar and Doda districts. There was also a shut down in three towns of Kishtwar, Bhaderwah and Banihal of Jammu region in support of Kashmiri protesters.

Meanwhile, the Central government has decided to send nearly 2,000 paramilitary force personnel to the Valley while another 3,200, currently based in the State, will be redeployed in trouble-torn areas.”

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