Strict restrictions paralyze life in India-controlled Kashmir for third day (2)

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"Strict restrictions are in place in the town and outskirts. The procedure has worked in keeping the protesters at bay. Wednesday was peaceful barring some futile attempts by a group in the town. Today also until now it is quite calm. We have no plans to ease the restrictions today," said a top official posted in Anantnag town.

The government is trying to impose restrictions to break the cycle of violence and prevent the civilian deaths. In the past three weeks 11 civilians fall prey to bullets in separate police and paramilitary action on protesters.

The volatile situation has mounted a pressure on the Omar Abdullah government, who Tuesday asked people to respect curfews and counsel children not to indulge in stone pelting.

"Wherever curfew has been imposed, curfew will be enforced," region's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah warned in a press conference.

On Wednesday a high level meeting convened by India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed the volatile situation in India controlled Kashmir.

Indian Home Minister and Indian Defence Minister also attended the meeting. New Delhi accused Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) of stoking the fire in India-controlled Kashmir.

Authorities have jammed mobile phone services in Baramulla district and blocked text messages (SMS services) across the region. Sources said the step has been taken to stop flow of information and rumor mongering.

India army has also been kept on a standby to deal with the situation, officials said.

Police in the region has arrested dozens of separatist leaders from both moderate and hardline factions of Hurriyat Conference to curtail their influence on people.

The hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA).

Authorities blame separatists for fuelling these protests.

Businesses, shops, banks, financial institutions schools and government offices remained closed in Srinagar city and other districts in wake of severe restrictions. Traffic is also off the roads.Source:Xinhua
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