Srinagar: A constable and a civilian succumbed to injuries on Sunday, increasing the death toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir to 47, while curfew remained in force in five districts of the Valley and some parts of the summer capital as a precautionary measure.
An uneasy calm prevailed in Kashmir where normal life was paralysed for the 16th consecutive day, even as security
agencies braced for a march called by separatists on Monday. "Curfew is in force in five South Kashmir districts —
Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara, Pulwama and Shopian — and eight police station areas of Srinagar city as a precautionary measure," a police official said.
While curfew has already been lifted from four districts — Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam and Ganderbal — restrictions continue in these areas on the assembly of four or more persons, he said, adding that the situation across the Valley is peaceful so far.
Constable Mudasir Ahmad and a civilian, Sameer Ahmad Wani, who were injured in clashes that erupted in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on 8 July, succumbed to their wounds. Mudasir is the second policeman to die in the violent clashes.
On 15 July, a mob had pelted stones at the Yaripora police station in Kulgam. During the pelting, suspected
militants hurled a grenade at the police station, resulting in injuries to six personnel including Mudasir.
Sameer Ahmad Wani, a resident of Khonmoh area of Pampore in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, was injured during clashes on 10 July. He died while undergoing treatment at SKIMS Soura, a police official said.
Meanwhile, the security forces have geared themselves to ensure Monday's march doesn't take place, the police official said. He said police and CRPF personnel, who have already been deployed in strength at vulnerable spots across the Valley, have been directed to strictly implement the curfew and restriction.