Authorities on Saturday morning imposed restrictions in the down town and parts of civil lines and old city in Srinagar as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of strike called by separatists leaders.
The strike has called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, against the death of a youth who was hit by a CRPF vehicle during demonstrations after Friday prayers in the down town.
Meanwhile, all gates of historic Jamia Masjid were closed and a large number of security forces and state police personnel have been deployed to prevent any assembly in the worship place.
Police said Restrictions under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of M R Gunj, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Khanyar and Rainwari as a precautionary measure to maintain peace. "Similar restrictions have been imposed in some areas of police station Kralkhud in the old city and Maisuma in the civil lines," police said.
However, the situation on the ground was entirely different as security forces deployed in strength were directing people to remain indoor following imposition of curfew restrictions since 0500 hrs.
The entire Nallahmar road from Tarabal Nawa Kadal to Khnayar wore a deserted look with only security forces and state police personnel deployed on both sides. Security forces have closed all link roads and bylanes with barbed wire and by parking bullet proof vehicles in the middle.
However, the main road to S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) at Soura was through via Eidgah and only ambulances and vehicles carrying passengers and para medical staff were being allowed.
All road leading to Jamia Masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq were closed by the security forces since early this morning at Nowhatta, Gujwara, Rajouri Kadal and Rangar stop.
A large number security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in the Jamia market and main gates of the worship place remained locked to prevent any protest.
Curfew like restrictions were also being strictly implemented in Khanyar, Malkha and Rainawari. However, the main road leading to Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Hospital (JLNMH) was open.
Large number of security forces and state police personnel also remained deployed in Kralkhud and Maisuma to prevent any law and order problem. (UNI)