Srinagar, Sep 11: Curfew and roadblocks had been lifted on Wednesday after remaining imposed for a day to prevent Muharram processions which are banned since 1990 for security reasons in Srinagar.
However, restrictions under 144 CrPC remained imposed in the Kashmir valley to prevent assembly of four or more persons and demonstrations following scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A besides bifurcation of state into two Union Territories on August 5 by the Centre.
Curfew was imposed in Srinagar, including Civil Lines, parts of uptown, downtown and old city to prevent Ashura procession on the 10th day of Muharram. All main roads were closed with barbed wire and other material and people were directed to remain indoors.
All roads leading to Abi Guzar Imambara, from where the Shia mourners were taking out procession of 10th Muharram and Zadibal Imambara in the downtown, were sealed and nobody was being allowed to assemble at both places.
However, the roadblocks have been removed though security forces remained deployed in strength to foil any demonstration on Wednesday in the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of summer capital.
Additional security forces remained deployed after every ten feet on Moulana Azad road, Residency road and in and around the Civil Secretariat, the seat of the government.
Restriction in the downtown and uptown have also been lifted and roadblocks removed. Barbed wire on fly-over from Jehangir Chowk to Rambagh had also been removed and large number of morning walkers, including women and children, could be seen walking on both sides.
However, the historic Jamia Masjid in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) remained closed for devotees since August 5 to prevent demonstrations. (UNI)