Shutdown in Kashmir valley, train suspension continue after Zakir Musa’s encounter

Suspending train services for security reasons in the Kashmir valley, calming the situation after the killing of terrorist commander Zakir Musa. The train service has been suspended following an advisory received on Thursday night from the police. Zakir Musa, founder of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind outfit, was killed by the security forces after an encounter on Friday in Dadsara village of Tral, Pulwama district.

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Pacifying the intensified situation, no train would run on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region. Similarly, trains will also not run on Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir, an official said.

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The 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. In Srinagar, the officials said, “strict restrictions” were in place in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and M R Gung police station areas, while “partial restrictions” were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas. The officials said security forces have been deployed in strength in other parts of the valley to avoid any untoward incident.

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Reportedly, Zakir Musa was a former commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), the militant group he joined in 2013 while pursuing engineering from a college in Punjab. He had succeeded commander Burhan Wani after he was killed in July 2018. Later, he founded his own group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, an affiliate of Al-Qaida. Zakir Musa had threatened Hurriyat leaders to hang them in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk area for calling the Kashmir conflict a political one instead of a religious one to establish Islamic rule.


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