Govt Orders Friday Clampdown

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SRINAGAR: Curfew would remain in force in Srinagar and several Valley towns, including Baramulla and Kupwara, on Friday, reports quoting authorities said.

The decision has been taken in view of possible protests and violence after weekly congregational prayers, they said.

In Srinagar, the curfew would come into force at midnight, while police and paramilitary forces would be moved into the Valley’s sensitive areas around dawn, they said.

Top officers of the civil and police administration in the Kashmir division reviewed the Valley’s prevailing situation at a high-level meeting this evening, even as similar reviews were taken at the district levels also.

In Srinagar, divisional commissioner Asghar Samoon and the additional director general of police (ADGP) for law and order, K Rajinder, chaired a review with other officers of the police and civil administration.

For Srinagar, the deputy commissioner of the district issued orders under section 144 to bar pedestrian and vehicular movement from midnight tonight till further orders.   

Deputy commissioners in Budgam, Baramulla, Pulwama, Bandipur, and Kupwara too were learned to have issued similar orders under section 144.

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