Curbs in old city, Sopore today

SRINAGAR:Authorities have decided to impose restrictions in Srinagar and major towns on Sunday to thwart the proposed protest rallies, called for by different separatist groups.   

Most parts of the city, especially the old city areas, are expected to be under a “curfew” on Sunday. Separatist leaders have called for strike and protests in wake of first death anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru who was executed on Feb 9 in 2013 in Tihar jail in New Delhi.

Roads leading to Lal Chowk would remain under surveillance and curfew-like restrictions would be put in place in areas including Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street, Safa Kadal, Nowshera, Habba Kadal, Mahraj Gunj, Maisuma, Abi Guzar, Nowhatta, Rajourikadal and areas under the jurisdiction of Khanyar police station, sources said.

“There will be strict restriction on assembly of people and hardly any movement will be allowed in Srinagar city,” a senior official in the district administration said.

He said though there would not be any restriction on traffic movement and movement of people in civil lines areas, nobody would be allowed to proceed towards the main city.

Meanwhile, a top police official said they were not taking any chances. “Entire city will be sealed. No march or protests will be allowed,” he added.

Sources said that authorities are also likely to impose undeclared curfew in Sopore and different parts of Baramulla district. “Large contingent of police and Para-military troopers will be deployed in every part of town to thwart proposed protests,” sources said.

Meanwhile authorities have imposed section 144 Cr PC in Bandipora  and Kupwara towns.

An official spokesman said that, District Magistrate Bandipora has ordered imposition of Section 144 Cr PC in Bandipora and Sonawari Tehsils with effect from Feb 09. This order will remain in force upto February 11.

As per the order, assembly of congregation of more than five persons and taking out any procession without prior permission from concerned authorities has been banned for these three days in both the Tehsils. However, the restrictions shall not apply to funeral and marriage processions.

District Magistrate Kupwara has also has imposed Section 144 Cr PC for these three days in Kupwara town, Trehgam, Kralpora, Sogam, Lalpora, Drugmulla, Handwara town, Langate town & Kralgund.

The Superintendent of Police Kupwara and Handwara have been directed to implement orders strictly.

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