Srinagar put on lockdown to foil protest march

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Shaher-e-Khaas and in some parts of the civil lines, to prevent a protest march called by separatist leaders.
Srinagar put on lockdown to foil protest march
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Shaher-e-Khaas and in some parts of the civil lines, to prevent a protest march called by separatist leaders.

Heavy contingents of forces were deployed on the all routes leading to Raj Bhawan here.

Dalgate-Boulevard-Shalimar road was under siege. All exit and entry points were sealed by erecting barricades. Separatist leaders had called for offering Friday prayers on this route.

The number of private vehicles, as compared to recent few days, decreased considerably throughout the day.

"I have observed during this unrest that people usually don't come out of homes on Fridays. It is because of restrictions put in places by authorities. There are also apprehensions of law and order problem after Friday prayers," said Abdul Aziz, a commuter at MA Road.

Street vendors at Polo View, TRC and Dalgate didn't lay out their goods at pavements today, as witnessed over past several days.

"On Fridays, we know less number of people travel or come out of their homes. So, we also sit at home," said Abid Ahmad, a street vendor.

The authorities have put historical Clock Tower here under siege and no one was allowed to move towards to it.

The entry and exit points leading towards to Clock Tower were sealed. However, MA Road was open for the public movement.

Shaher-e-Khaas remained under strict restrictions. No congregational Friday prayers were allowed at Jamia Masjid on consecutive fourteenth Friday.

Coils of razor fitted concertina wire were strung across main and interior roads. The movement of transport and pedestrians was restricted.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Srinagar city on consecutive 98th day. Offices, shops, petrol pumps and business establishments were closed while public transport also remained off the roads. Pertinently, the public transport has remained off the roads from July 9. However, the private traffic plies during the relaxation period.

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