Highway closed, yatra suspended


Srinagar/Jammu, July 19: Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway and almost all inter-district roads in Jammu region remained off the roads for the second consecutive day Friday due to prevailing tension in the region following killing of four persons in Gool, Ramban, in BSF firing yesterday.
“The highway has been closed for vehicular traffic as a precautionary measure”, a spokesman of the Traffic department said.
Traffic on the highway was suspended yesterday after protests at Ramban, Ramsu and Banihal against the killings. However, stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards their destinations at 6.00 pm yesterday.
Superintendent of Police Ramban, Javed Ahmed Matoo, said police did not impose curfew in Ramban district following review of the situation last night. “We were of the opinion that imposition of curfew will further create problems,” he said.
Meanwhile, authorities are monitoring the situation and a decision to allow traffic on the highway will depend on the law and order situation, sources said.
Meanwhile, Amarnath yatra from Jammu was suspended Friday in the wake of tension following the BSF firing in Ramban district. No fresh batch of pilgrims was allowed to proceed towards the Kashmir Valley.
“No fresh batch has been allowed to move to Kashmir valley from Jammu today as a precautionary measure. It (Amarnath Yatra) has been suspended,” a police officer said.
According to an official spokesman, due to prevailing situation and restrictions imposed in the valley, the Shri Amarnath yatra shall remain suspended for tomorrow (Saturday).

Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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