Restrictions extended to more areas in Srinagar

Srinagar: Curfew-like restrictions imposed in Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and downtown Srinagar yesterday have been extended to more areas in the old city and civil lines as a precautionary measure to prevent any violence today, when separatists had called for a general strike on 86th death anniversary of 22 martyrs, killed during Dogra rule outside the central Jail, Srinagar in 1931. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and a number of her cabinet colleagues and Director General of Police (DGP) paid tributes to martyrs at Khawaja Bazar martyrs graveyard in the downtown under unprecedented security arrangements this morning. However, government offices and banks remained closed on government holiday on martyrs day. Police said that restrictions under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed in the areas falling under five police stations of Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Safa Kadal, Khanyar and Rainwari in the downtown and SeK. However, today the restrictions have been extended to areas falling under police station Kralkhud in the old city and Maisuma in the civil lines. However, the situation on the ground was entirely different as people were being directed to remain indoor as curfew has been imposed since this morning. Yesterday, restrictions were imposed immediately after the news spread that one of the three militants killed in Badgam encounter, was a resident of Nowhatta downtown and people, mostly youths hit the streets pelting stones and raising separatist slogans. The main Nallahmar road from Khanayar to Chattabal remained closed at several other places with barbed wire. Bullet proof bunker vehicles had also been parked in the middle of the roads to prevent any traffic movement. Residents on both sides of the road were directed to remain indoor by the security forces and state police. 'Today we were not even allowed to move out of our houses to purchase milk and bread,' they alleged.

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