Shutdown, Curbs In Kashmir Parts

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SRINAGAR —  Parts of Kashmir valley observed a spontaneous shutdown Friday even as authorities imposed restrictions and throttled Internet speed to “maintain law and order” following the Central government’s ban on Jamaat-e-Islami.

“Anantnag, Bijbehra, Shopian, Handwara are shut completely while as restrictions have been imposed in Old Srinagar and other parts of south Kashmir including Anantnag town and Bijbehara,” official sources said.

Authorities imposed restrictions in Old City of summer capital Srinagar and other parts of south Kashmir including Anantnag town even as the internet speed has been reduced across Kashmir Valley.

Reports said that the authorities imposed restrictions and deployed additional police and CRPF personnel in Srinagar.

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also placed under house arrest.

Sources said that restrictions have also been imposed in Anantnag town, Bijbehara and other parts of South Kashmir.

Key roads in Anantnag town were blocked with barricades, they said. 

An official said restrictions were put in place as a “precautionary measure to maintain law and order”.

The restrictions follow the government of India’s decision banning the Kashmir’s socio-religious organization Jamaat-e-Islami, days after arresting scores of its members in a massive crackdown.

The imposition of curbs also follows clearance of amendment of Article 370 clause for SC and ST quota by Union Cabinet without the prior consent of the state assembly that stands dissolved.


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