• This is in addition to 2800 paramilitary personnel sent to Valley last week
• 3 protesters injured as Army opens fire in Bandipora
• Mobile, Internet services stay blocked
Around 2000 additional CRPF personnel are being rushed to Kashmir as protesters continued to defy curfew to clash with police and paramilitary forces in different parts of the valley on Sunday.
Officials said a total of 20 fresh companies (100 personnel in each) are being rushed to the Valley which will be in addition to 2,800 Central Reserve Police Force personnel which were sent to assist the state police last week.
They said the additional reinforcements will be deployed to further enhance the security arrangements in the Valley, where the outbreak of violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani has left 45 civilians dead and over 1600 injured.
"Some of the fresh units will exclusively render the task of road opening parties in order to secure the movement of security forces convoys," a senior official said.
About 60 battalions (about 1000 in personnel each) are already stationed in the state as part of counter insurgency grid.
Three civilians were injured when Army opened fire on protesters at Saderkote village in Bandipora.
A senior police official said the protesters had tried to storm the Army camp. “As of now, no death has been reported,” he added.
Curfew remained in force in the valley for the ninth day today in the wake of clashes following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani with the death toll reaching 44 on Saturday. Over 1600 civilians have also been injured as police and paramilitary forces have been using live ammunition, pellet guns and tear gas to quell the protests.
"All 10 districts of Kashmir valley continue to remain under curfew as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order," a police official said.
Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across the Valley for strict implementation of the prohibitory orders, the official said.
According to police, the overall situation remained calm. “There was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the valley. However, stray incidents of stone pelting were received from Kunzer in Baramulla, Eidgah in Srinagar and Saderkote Bala in Bandipora. Some policemen, CRPF personnel and civilians received injuries in these incidents,” reads the police statement.
Meanwhile, cellphone services, barring the postpaid network of government-owned BSNL, remained suspended across Valley for the third consecutive day much to the inconvenience of people who have already been reeling under curfew for over a week now.
While landline telephone connections in three north Kashmir districts of Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara were snapped yesterday, the inter-exchange calls for all landline connections in the Valley were snapped on Sunday.
Customers are not able to make calls to any phone outside their respective home districts. Calls can be made on telephones within a district. Inter-exchange calls on all telephone connections, except the mobile services of the public sector undertaking, have been suspended reportedly “to prevent any rumour-mongering” due to the prevailing situation.
While mobile Internet services continued to remain suspended for the ninth day, the broadband internet services too have been downed across the Valley. No police or civil administration official was willing to comment on why the telephone services have been downed in the Valley.
"The protests and mob attacks are being mobilised using telephones. Very reluctantly we have decided to take this step in order to prevent any further loss of life or property," wire-agency PTI quoted a government source as saying.
The separatists groups -- both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF -- have extended the strike call till Monday evening.