Restrictions in parts of Kashmir as separatists calls for protest, traders strike

The officials said restrictions have also been imposed in Kangan town in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district as well as in Shopian town in south Kashmir.

Published: 06th April 2018 04:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2018 04:12 PM   |  A+A-

Security personnel guard in a street during curfew-like restrictions imposed by the authorities to maintain law and order in Srinagar. (File photo | PTI)

By PTI

SRINAGAR: Authorities today imposed restrictions in parts of Kashmir, including the summer capital here, as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of protests called by separatists and strike by trade bodies.

Restrictions under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar, a police official said.

He said Khanyar, Maharajgunj, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud police station areas of the summer capital here are where the restrictions have been imposed.

The officials said restrictions have also been imposed in Kangan town in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district as well as in Shopian town in south Kashmir.

The curbs were put in place as a precautionary measure to prevent protests against the killing of 13 militants in three encounters on Sunday and five civilians in the aftermath of those encounters.

Yesterday, while there were no restrictions or shutdown after three days and schools and colleges reopened, protests by students of various educational institutions erupted at several places in the valley.

The protests forced the authorities to shut down schools and colleges across the valley once again today.

The separatists have also called for peaceful protests today.

The separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), asked people to stage peaceful protests after the Friday congregational prayers against the recent killings in south Kashmir and Kangan area of Ganderbal.

Trade bodies, Kashmir Economic Alliance and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) - have called for a strike today against the killings.

Meanwhile, shops and other business establishments across the valley were shut, while public transport was sparse, officials said.

They, however, said private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were plying in the areas where there were no restrictions.

Train service has also been suspended across Kashmir, the officials said.

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