Curfew-like curbs back in Valley ahead of Muharram
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
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
GUARDING AGAINST VIOLENCE: Police detain protesters who tried to take out a Muharram procession in Srinagar on Sunday