Forces enforce restrictions in Srinagar areas

The police team managed to intercept the car and apprehended one militant, but two others fled from the scene.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 20 2017 12:28AM | Updated Date: Nov 20 2017 12:28AM
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Restrictions in parts of Srinagar continued for the second day today in view of a strike called by separatists against the militant killings and cordon and search operations in Kashmir. 

Restrictions in eight police station areas continued for the second day today, a police official said.

He said the curbs were in force in Khanyar, M R Gunj, Nowahtta, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maisuma, Kralkhud and Parimpora police station areas of the city. The restrictions were imposed as a preventive measure to maintain law and order in view of the strike called by the separatists.

The restrictions were first imposed yesterday in the wake of killing of a militant in a shootout with police in the outskirts of the city on Friday.  Three militants travelling in a car opened fire on a police team at the Zakura crossing on Srinagar-Ganderbal road, killing sub-inspector Imran Tak and injuring a special police officer (SPO) on Friday evening.

The police team managed to intercept the car and apprehended one militant, but two others fled from the scene.

Later, police came to know that Mugees Ahmad Mir, one of the two militants who had managed to escape, was brought home dead.  Mir, a resident of Parimpora in the city, was brought home dead last evening after he was injured in the shoot-out.

Mir's killing was followed by the killing of six LeT militants in Hajin area of Bandipora district in a gunfight yesterday. Later in the night, the separatists called for a shutdown today against these killings.

Most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in Srinagar due to the strike, the police official said. However, he said, the weekly flea market, along the TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk city centre, was open. The official said public transport was sparse, but private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in many areas of the city. PTI