Cur­few-like curbs back in Val­ley ahead of Muhar­ram

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation -

Sri­na­gar: Cur­few-like re­stric­tions were reim­posed on Sun­day in sev­eral parts of Kash­mir, in­clud­ing the city, to foil any plans on taking out Muhar­ram pro­ces­sions in the Val­ley as au­thor­i­ties ap­pre­hended that large con­gre­ga­tions might lead to vi­o­lence.

Lal Chowk and ad­join­ing ar­eas were com­pletely sealed off by plac­ing con­certina wires at all entry points where large num­ber of se­cu­rity force per­son­nel were de­ployed, of­fi­cials said.

Re­stric­tions have been in sev­eral parts of Kash­mir as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure for main­tain­ing law and or­der in the Val­ley, they said.

The of­fi­cials did not cite any rea­sons for reim­pos­ing re­stric­tions but it is be­lieved that the step was taken to pre­vent Muhar­ram pro­ces­sions in the city and else­where in the Val­ley.

Only peo­ple with med­i­cal emer­gen­cies were be­ing al­lowed to pass the bar­ri­cade as the se­cu­rity force per­son­nel refused to en­ter­tain cur­few passes is­sued by con­cerned au­thor­i­ties.

Mean­while, nor­mal life re­mained af­fected in Kash­mir due to shut­down in the Val­ley

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which en­tered 35th day on Sun­day. Mar­kets and other busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments re­mained closed while pub­lic trans­port was off the roads across the Val­ley, the of­fi­cials said.

Most of the top-level and sec­ond-rung sep­a­ratist poli

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