Restrictions Imposed In Srinagar To Prevent JRL’s Lal Chowk March

SRINAGAR — Normal life remained affected for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as the authorities imposed restrictions in certain parts of the city to foil a sit-in protest called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) over the killing of seven civilians in Kulgam district on Sunday. 

All roads leading to Lal Chowk’s historic Ghanta Ghar (clock tower) were sealed, with a large number of police and paramilitary personnel deployed to foil any attempt by the JRL leaders to reach there, officials said.

“The authorities also imposed restrictions in parts of the old city as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” they added.

Shops, private offices and other business establishments remained shut in many parts of the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, while public transport was off the roads.

The JRL had not called for a strike on Tuesday, but the authorities shut down all educational institutions and postponed examinations.

While a shutdown was observed Monday, the JRL called for a sit-in at Lal Chowk over the death of civilians in a blast at an encounter site in the Laroo area of Kulgam district in south Kashmir.

The protest programme was announced by JRL headed by two faction of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF led by Muhammad Yasin Malik.

JRL leaders Syed Ali shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have been placed under house arrest, while Yasin Malik has been taken into preventive custody.

High speed mobile Internet services in the city and rail services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns have been suspended.

Three militants were killed in the Kulgam encounter Sunday, while seven civilians were killed in a blast following a gunfight. (With Inputs From PTI)

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