Day 112: Curfew imposed in parts of Srinagar
In view of the separatists’ call for a march, the authorities have imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar on Friday. The Hurriyat calls to march to Jamia Masjid in Srinagar to break military siege ahead of the Friday prayers.
According to police officials, curfew has been imposed on Nowhatta, Khanyar, Safakadal, Rainawari and Maharaj Gunj in the old city and Batamaloo in uptown.
He stated that the curbs were imposed in the wake of the separatists’ call for a march to Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of the city.
The official said there were no restrictions on movement of people elsewhere in Kashmir. However, curbs on assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc were in place in the Valley.
The separatist leaders and supporters have been agitating since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.
The restrictions in parts of the city considerably brought down the movement of people and vehicles today as much less traffic was seen on the roads in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city.
Meanwhile, normal life continued to remain affected in the rest of the Valley for the 112th day due to the separatist-sponsored strike.
Shops, petrol pumps and business establishments were shut while educational institutions continued to remain closed.
Authorities have deployed security forces in strength at vulnerable spots and along the main roads as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
Officials in the state said over the past week, many people have started defying the separatist-sponsored strike as they are slowly picking up the threads of their lives affected by the nearly four month-long strike.
The flea market, which usually opens only on Sunday, was open today as well and many people went shopping for woolens and jackets in view of the approaching winter.
Authorities said additional traffic police personnel have been deployed at some intersections to ensure smooth flow of traffic. The traffic in the city has significantly increased.
As many as 85 people, including two policemen, have been killed and thousands of others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley. Around 5,000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes.
Over 300 persons have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA).