Srinagar, May 25: Life remained crippled for the second day on Saturday due to restrictions and spontaneous strike in the Kashmir valley, where Ansar Gazwatul Hind chief Zakir Musa was killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district.
Police said restrictions remained imposed under Section 144 CrPC on Saturday in areas falling under five police stations of downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK). The gates of historic Jamia Masjid remained closed to prevent people from assembling there.
Due to restrictions, no Friday prayers could be offered in the historic Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, who used to address congregation every Friday.Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in the Jamia market and near main gate of the worship place. Nobody was being allowed to enter the masjid. All roads leading to masjid have been closed with barbed wire and by parking bullet proof vehicles in the middle at Rangar stop, Nowhatta, Gojwara, Rajouri Kadal and Khanyar.
Restrictions also continued in Tral, Anantnag and some other towns and tehsil headquarters in south Kashmir, a report from Anantnag said. Majority roads remained closed with barbed wire in Tral and Anantnag to strictly implement restrictions. Shops and business establishments elsewhere in the restriction free areas in south Kashmir also remained closed and traffic off the roads. UNI