Forces foil protest march to uptown areas

Forces on Thursday enforced restrictions at Sanat Nagar and made heavy deployments in other uptown areas to foil protest march called by resistance leadership.
Forces foil protest march to uptown areas
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Forces on Thursday enforced restrictions at Sanat Nagar and made heavy deployments in other uptown areas to foil protest march called by resistance leadership. 

The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had urged people in districts of Central Kashmir including Ganderbal, Budgam and Srinagar to organize 'Freedom march" towards to Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Rambagh, Baghat and Sanat Nagar areas. 

To foil the march, heavy deployment of forces was put in place at Sanat Nagar and its adjoining areas. All entry and exit points of the area were blocked. 

However, restrictions were not imposed at Rambagh, Rajbagh and Jawahar Nagar areas, but forces were deployed on entry and exit points in these areas. 

A pro-freedom protest was held by women at Rambagh Payeen, however it dispersed peacefully. Pro-freedom taranas were also played on loud speaker. 

Some of the shops remained open at Jawahar Nagar and Rajbagh while private transport plied in these areas.

Pertinently, areas like Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Rambagh, Baghat and Sanat Nagar have remained peaceful during the ongoing unrest and witnessed considerable movement of private transport. 

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Srinagar on consecutive 76th day.

However, curfew remained in force in several areas of Shaher-e-Khaas, falling under the jurisdiction of three police stations.

"Curfew continued in Nowhatta, M R Gunj and Khanyar police station areas of the summer capital today," said an official.

The official said that restrictions on the assembly of people under section 144 CrPC remained in force in Srinagar. 

As compared to past several days, there was increase in movement of private vehicles at Rajbagh, TRC, Dalgate, MA Road, Residency Road, Jahangir Chowk, Batamaloo and Bemina.

Deputy Commissioner's office also received some of the delegations, calling on concerned officials for redressal of their grievances.

Few street vendors selling veggies, fruits, clothes and footwear were present at TRC, Polo View, Jehangir Chowk and Dalgate.

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