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Kashmir: Covid-19 curbs tightened to thwart protests over resistance leader’s death in custody

Amid a dangerous Covid-19 wave, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday tightened the restrictions in many areas of the valley following the death of resistance leader Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, who passed away at a hospital in Jammu on Wednesday.

Sehrai was under PSA detention at Udhampur jail wherefrom he was shifted to a hospital after his health deteriorated. He was buried at his ancestral village in the Kupwara district of north Kashmir in the early hours of the morning as per COVID protocol.

Officials said forces put barricades on roads at many places in the Srinagar city as well as in other district headquarters of the valley to prevent the movement of people.

They said while the restrictions were being implemented strictly, essential and emergency services were allowed.

The officials said shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut across the valley, while public transport was off the roads.

On April 29, the Jammu and Kashmir administration imposed a curfew in 11 districts in a bid to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases, which was subsequently extended to all the 20 districts the next day.

The curfew, which was supposed to end at 7 am on May 3, was extended in the twin capitals of Jammu and Srinagar besides Budgam and Baramulla till 7 am Thursday.

However, the authorities in other districts of the valley also ordered an extension in the restrictions till Thursday.

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