Most Of Valley Under Curbs Today

Restrictions To Be Enforced In 11 Srinagar Precincts

SRINAGAR: In view of separatist calls for protests after congregational prayers, authorities have decided to impose “restrictions” on public movement in most parts of Kashmir on Friday.

Orders to this effect were issued under section 144 of the CrPC this evening by various district magistrates in the Valley where an ongoing strike by separatist groups demanding the return of Muhammad Afzal Guru’s body has already halted commercial activity and public transport.

In Srinagar, the deputy commissioner issued a notification to ban public movement in 11 police precincts of the district till further orders.

According to his order, the curbs would remain in force in the police precincts of Rainawari, Khanyar, Nautatta, Safa Kadal, MR Gunj, Zadibal, Soura, Maisuma, Kral Khud, Shaheed Gunj and Batmalu.

In his capacity as the district magistrate, deputy commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan said that the order imposing restrictions on the movement of the public and transport under Section 144 CrPC, would come into effect on midnight on Thursday.

The measure had been taken in view of the law and order situation, and to avoid breach of peace and tranquillity and damage to life and property, he said.  

The senior superintendent of police (SSP) in the district has been instructed to take all necessary steps to enforce the order.

In the central district of Budgam, authorities said that curbs on public movement would come into force at 6 in the morning on Friday.

Restrictions on public movement have been deemed necessary in view of the threat to public life and property, and law and order, due to possible protest demonstrations and disruptive activities, the deputy commissioner for Budgam said.

Authorities in the other eight districts of the Valley, viz Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian Kulgam, Gandarbal, Bandipur, Baramulla and Kupwara, too have issued more or less similar orders for several towns and sensitive areas.

The “restrictions,” which translate into curfew in practical terms, come just five days after a blanket week-long curfew across Kashmir was lifted last Saturday.

This was accompanied by a concurrent separatist shutdown over the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru on Feb 9 in Delhi in the parliament attack case.

Though authorities had clamped down immediately after Guru’s execution, protests and clashes breaking out in some parts of the Valley left three persons dead, and scores injured.

A number of separatist leaders have been taken into custody, and scores of youth have been rounded up since either in precautionary measures or for involvement in “breach of peace.”  


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