Srinagar:Authorities Monday clamped curfew in 11 police station areas of Srinagar as a precautionary measure in view of the eighth day of Muhurram, even as complete shutdown is being observed across the Kashmir valley.
A police official said the police station areas in which the curbs on the movement of people have been imposed are Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Ram Munshi Bagh, Kralkhud, Shaheed Gunj, Karan Nagar and Batamaloo.
According to the sources, all roads leading to the historic Lal Chowk, including Moulana Azad and Residency roads remained closed at several places with the barbed wire. The Amira Kadal bridge, connecting Hari Singh High Street (HSHS) to Lal Chowk, has been closed and nobody was being allowed to cross it. Though Budshah Bridge remained open, but only vehicles having valid curfew passes are being allowed.
Today on the 8th day of Muharram, Shia mourners were taking Tazia procession from Guru Bazar to Dalgate Imambara via civil lines, including Moulana Azad road. The Tazia processions are banned in Srinagar since 90s for security reasons.
All roads and bylanes leading to Dalgate Imambara have been closed with barbed wire and people are directed to remain indoors.
Similar situation was witnessed at Shaheed Gunj, Guru Bazar, Karan Nagar, Balgarden and Jehangir Chowk.
Roads from downtown to Lal Chowk, including at Dawood bridge, Barbar Shah and Exchange Road, remained closed.
Large number of security forces wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic guns and lathis in their hands were deployed in strength to strictly implement curfew restrictions in Batmaloo and adjoining areas since early this morning.
''We were not being allowed to move out of our house by the security forces deployed in strength since early this morning,'' resident Fida Mohammad said. He said even inner roads have been closed with barbed wire.
Meanwhile, normal life remained affected for the 94th consecutive day in the rest of the Valley following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with forces on July 8.
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