Curfew like restrictions had been imposed since early this morning in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and downtown Srinagar as a precautionary measure, apprehending trouble after Friday prayers.
The restrictions come a day after main opposition in the state National Conference (NC) tried to march to Raj Bhavan against killings, frequent curfew in the downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and price rise of essentials. Officials told UNI that restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC have been imposed under the jurisdictions of Police Stations Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal in Srinagar district as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.
However, the situation on the ground was entirely different as security forces have closed majority of roads with barbed wire and people were being directed to remain indoors. The main gates of historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate HC Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, have again been closed. Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons, have been deployed outside the historic Masjid. A large number of security forces were also deployed in the Jamia market and nobody was allowed to enter the area. The main Nallahmar road from Parimpora to Khanyar has also been closed with barbed wire at several places.
Security forces have established ‘nakas’ in majority areas in downtown and SeK, including at Rajouri Kadal, Nawa Kadal, Rangar Stop, Nowhatta and Zaina Kadal to prevent any traffic or pedestrian movement. However, the road to S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) was through though only patients, ambulances and paramedical staff were being allowed. “The march to Raj Bhavan is to register protest against continued killings, frequent restriction in the down town and SeK and closure of historic Jamia Masjid every Friday and price rise of essential commodities,” NC leaders said yesterday.