Zakir Musa killing: Curfew in Kashmir parts for 2nd consecutive day

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Parts of Kashmir  reeled under curfew for second straight day Saturday following killing of militant commander Zakir Musa in a gunfight with government forces in Pulwama district Friday.

Reports  said that the curbs on the movement of people were in force in parts of Srinagar, and Kulgam and Pulwama towns.

Schools and colleges remained shut, while mobile Internet continued to be suspended across the valley. Trains on the Baramulla-Banihal line remained off the tracks due to the situation, the officials said

In Srinagar, restrictions  were in place in downtown while “partial restrictions” were in force in Maisuma and Kral Khud areas.

Forces personnel  have been deployed in strength in other parts of the valley to avoid any untoward incident.

Zakir Musa, the chief of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, was killed in the encounter at Dadsara village of Tral in the south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday after forces launched a search operation on late Thursday evening following specific information about the presence of militants there.

The officials said efforts were made to make Musa surrender, but he turned down the request and lobbed grenades on the forces using a launcher, triggering a gunfight in which Musa was killed in the early hours of Friday.

His killing led to spontaneous shutdown and protests in the valley. (Agencies)

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