Life remains crippled due to curfew, restrictions & strike in Srinagar

Srinagar : Curfew continued in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and downtown and parts of civil lines while restrictions on assembly of people and strike continued elsewhere in the Srinagar district, where massive protests erupted till late last night. Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), jointly spearheading the present agitation in the valley, have called for a general strike today and “Black Out” for one hour from 2000 hrs to 2100 hrs. Fearing more trouble, authorities continued curfew restrictions in the SeK and downtown following massive protests last night when security forces had to burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse ''pro- freedom'' demonstrators at several places. However, curfew restrictions have been lifted from other parts of the Srinagar though restriction under Section 144 CrPC continued.

The historic Jamia Masjid in the downtown remained closed for devotees. Main gates of the Masjid, where chairman of moderate HC addresses congregation every Friday, remained closed. No Friday prayers could be offered due to curfew restriction yesterday, when separatist had called for “Jamia Masjid Chalo”. All roads leading to Jamia Masjid, stronghold of chairman moderate HC chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, remained closed with barbed wire and by parking bullet proof vehicles in the middle of roads. The Mirwaiz, remained under house arrest since July 9 morning though he was taken into custody twice for several hours for defying restrictions in between, including yesterday. Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed around the Masjid and nobody was being allowed to enter there. The residents alleged that nobody was being allowed to enter the Masjid and for the third successive Friday yesterday no prayers could be offered. No Friday prayers could be offered on July 15 and 22 because of restrictions.

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