Restrictions in Parts of Srinagar; Schools, Colleges Shut

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SRINAGAR: Authorities on Friday imposed restrictions in Srinagar parts falling under the jurisdiction of five Police Stations while the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) staged protest against the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raids and arrests.

An official said that the restrictions under section 144 CrPc were imposed in the Srinagar areas falling under the jurisdiction of five Police Stations including Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.

Restrictions were imposed after the killing of two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants including top commander Abu Ismail.

The duo was killed in a brief gunfight in Aribagh Nowgam area of city outskirts last night.

A huge contingent of forces was deployed in these areas to thwart any possible protest called by JRL comprising of Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik.

The protest was called against the NIA raids and arrests.

The forces who were deployed on roads had erected concertina wires to thwart the vehicular movement in restriction bound areas.

Authorities also barred people from offering weekly congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid here. Locals said that a heavy contingent of force was deployed around the Jamia Masjid here who disallowed people to enter the mosque.

The authorities had also placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention at his Nigeen residence on Thursday evening.

Besides imposing restrictions, the authorities had also suspended the teaching activity in all the educational institutes and colleges of the day. Kashmir University also had postponed exams scheduled for the day.

Earlier the officials on Thursday had said that only schools and colleges shall remain closed. 

Meanwhile, as soon as the Friday congregational prayers culminated at Gaw Kadal Masjid, the JRL leaders and activists took out a march to protest against the NIA raids and arrests.

The protesters were holding placards and were chanting slogans against NIA and Government of India.

The JRL leaders termed the NIA raids and arrests of political leaders, journalists and others as frustration of Government of India.

They said that the NIA raids are aimed to defame the pro-freedom leaders and the freedom movement.

The protesters further added that the government of India with the full support of the state government is trying every bid to change the demography of the state, which will be opposed tooth and nail.

Train service remained suspended across Kashmir Valley. Train service remained suspended between Srinagar-Budgam in the Central Kashmir and Baramulla in North. Similarly, no train operated on Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region.

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