I was again stopped by uniformed men, this time CRPF personnel, at Duck Park along Foreshore Road.Srinagar: Last Sunday night, after covering a couple of impromptu press conferences, I was heading to my office in Srinagar’s Mushtaq Press Enclave but instead drove home in another city area after a journalist friend called up on my mobile to say that indefinite curfew was being clamped on Srinagar and the media would not be issued any curfew passes.
While driving back towards Hazratbal, I removed the “Press” sticker from my car’s windscreen. I was asked to show my identity card, and when I did so an officer ordered me to turn my car back.. I tried to convince him by pleading that as per the official announcement, curfew had not been clamped on Srinagar but onlyThis newspaper’s veteran Kashmir correspondent filed this account through a friend travelling to New Delhi.Just outside the famed Mughal Gardens overlooking Dal Lake, my attempt to repeat the gambit with another posse of mixed security personnel failed however. “Jav.
Minutes earlier, I updated my copy on the unfolding developments. jaldi niklo (Go, hurry up)”, said one of them. We woke up the next morning to find even landlines dead and none of the TV news channels, except for Doordarshan, available through cable networks. When I insisted on being allowed to proceed towards the city centre, he asked if I had a curfew pass. AIR’s Srinagar station reported that the entire Kashmir Valley was under curfew, and restrictions under Section 144 CrPC had been imposed in many areas of Jammu too. I have done it in such situations earlier too, and it proved helpful. After disclosing my identity, a police officer “advised” that since passing via central Srinagar could be “risky”.
I should take the alternate Foreshore Road-Boulevard route to reach the city centre. Without flaunting my professional tag, I requested them to allow me to drive up to Nishat Garden.By midnight, even the broadband facility on fixed phone lines was withdrawn.After a quick breakfast, I left for my office but was stopped by two color injection molding machine Factory the police at a makeshift checkpoint in Srinagar’s Nigeen area. I also tweeted about the grim situation in Srinagar, with residents appearing to be reduced to frightened pigeons and finding nine ATMs where I had tried at to withdraw some cash empty