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J&K: SC agrees to hear plea seeking Governor's rule in Valley

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 22 July 2016, 11:48 IST

The Supreme Court on 22 July has reportedly agreed to hear a plea seeking the imposition of Governor's rule in violence-hit Jammu and Kashmir, under a provision of the J&K Constitution.

The plea was filed by the state's Panthers Party, following protests and clashes between protesters and security forces which erupted following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on 8 July, reported the Indian Express.

A bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur directed that the petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) be listed next week.

The plea was mentioned before the bench by the counsel for JKNPP who said that Jammu and Kashmir has been "under siege of the security forces and the police for the past two weeks resulting in a total chaos, anarchy and disorder in the entire valley of Kashmir".

The death toll in the Valley has mounted to 44, with a youth injured in clashes a few days ago, succumbing today. Curfew has remained in force in all 10 districts of the Valley due to apprehension of law and order problems in view of large gatherings for Friday prayers.

Ishtiyaq Ahmad, injured in clashes at Kokernag area of Anantnag district, died at SKIMS hospital, Soura this morning.

Although no incident of violence was reported yesterday, authorities clamped curfew in all 10 districts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure today, a police official said.

"Large gatherings are expected during Friday prayers which usually turn into violent protests," the official said.

Authorities had eased curfew in four districts -- Baramulla, Bandipora, Budgam and Ganderbal -- yesterday to facilitate the reopening of schools.

However, most schools in these districts remained closed as parents chose not to send their wards due to security apprehensions.

Mobile telephony and mobile internet services remained suspended for the 14th day today. Normal life remains paralysed for two weeks now due to curfew and a separatist-sponsored strike.

-With PTI inputs

First published: 22 July 2016, 11:48 IST