Restrictions in downtown, SeK in Srinagar lifted


Restrictions imposed in downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and parts of civil lines on Wednesday as a precautionary measure to prevent any and law and order problem, have been lifted on Thursday though additional security forces remained deployed at several places.

There is no restriction in any part of the Srinagar city today, police said. However, additional security forces remained deployed at several places to prevent any law and order problem.

Restrictions under Section 144 CrPC were imposed in areas under police station Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Rainawari, Khanyar and M R Gunj yesterday, when Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Maik, had called for a general strike against shifting of detenues to outside the valley jails. The JRL had also called for Shopian Challo against the killing of six persons, including two Lashkher-e-Toiba (LeT) militants on Sunday evening in an encounter by security forces.

All nakas and road blocks, including barbed wire, have been removed from downtown and SeK. All the gates of historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of Mirwaiz. The shopkeepers have resumed work in the Jamia Market, where security forces and police personnel have been withdrawn. Milkmen and vegetable sellers from outskirts were also doing normal business and traffic was also plying.

Similarly, restrictions imposed in some areas falling under police station of Kralkhud in the old city and Maisuma in the civil lines, have also been lifted.