Curfew continued in parts of Kashmir for a second day Saturday following killing of Zakir Musa, the so-called chief of an Al-Qaeda afiliated group, in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district Friday.
Officials said 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.
Security forces have been deployed in strength in other parts of the valley to avoid any untoward incident.
Musa, the so-called head 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.
Meanwhile, most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remained shut in the valley due to a strike called by hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the killing of Musa and a civilian Zahoor Ahmad, a resident of Naira Pulwama who was killed by unidentified gunmen on Thursday, the officials said.
They said public transport was off the roads, but few private cars and auto-rickshaws were seen plying, reports PTI.