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All roads leading to downtown sealed, curfew like restrictions imposed

Day passed off peacefully, no untoward incident reported, says Police


Parts of Srinagar on Friday witnessed restrictions imposed by the state government to foil any separatist march in view of the Pakistan’s Independence Day.
According to KNS correspondent, forces were deployed in several areas of down town Srinagar who till dawn patrolled the main streets to thwart any attempts in the disruption of law and order.
Barbed wires were placed in the middle of several vital link roads and at some places barricades were erected by forces to stop any protest march. The roads connecting the outer areas with the old city were virtually sealed.
Locals from old city told KNS that they were not allowed to move out of their homes since morning and that constant vigil was monitored by the police over the activities of people particularly after the congregational prayers of Friday.
Reports informed further that curfew like restrictions were put in place by the state authorities in several areas of downtown falling under the police stations of Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainwari, M.R. Gunj, Maisuma, Kralkhud and Safa Kadal in order to maintain law and order
Including several separatist leaders, Huriyat Conference (M) chairman and Kashmir’s chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was scheduled to address Friday congregational prayers in Jamia Masjid was placed under house arrest. Later Mirwaiz flayed the police action and condemned the restrictions imposed in Srinagar on Friday.
Heavy deployment of paramilitary forces, CRPF and police was made in the areas that see waving of Pakistan flags by some youth groups on August 14 every year.
Meanwhile, police spokesman told KNS over phone that minor restrictions were imposed in a bid to maintain law and order and not to allow ‘miscreants’ go scot free. He added that the day passed off peacefully with no untoward incident reported from any area.