Authorities impose restrictions, Mirwaiz put under house arrest

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By Fast Kashmir on 13/10/2017.


Stone pelting incidents reported in few parts: IGP

Srinagar, Oct 13: The district administration Srinagar on Friday imposed restrictions in Srinagar parts falling under the jurisdiction of seven Police Stations to thwart any possible protest against the braid chopping.
The protest call Friday prayers were given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
The restrictions under section 144 CrPC were imposed in Srinagar parts falling under the jurisdiction of seven Police Stations including Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Maisuma and Kralkhud as ‘precautionary measure’.
Witnesses said that the Police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in large number in downtown areas to thwart any anti-braid chopping incidents.
The roads leading to the restriction bound areas were sealed by the forces with erecting concertina wires on the roads. Nobody was allowed to move in the restriction bound areas,” witnesses said.
The forces were also seen patrolling in the armoured vehicles throughout the day.
The Central Kashmir’s Jamia Masjid, situated in Nowhatta area of downtown were sealed by the authorities for the third consecutive week today.

Pic by, Shah Jehangir/FK

“The authorities didn’t allow the mandatory Friday prayers in the Jamia Masjid today,” local said.
Besides, the Jamia Masjid’s head preacher, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continued to remain under house detention.
Sources said that the Mirwaiz was once again barred to address a gathering at Jamia Masjid here.
Meanwhile, the locals at Batamaloo area in Srinagar and Ajas in Bandipora district protested against the fresh braid chopping incidents, who alleged that the authorities have failed to ensure safety of Kashmiris.
The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday termed such incidents as an attempt to create mass hysteria and to undermine the dignity of the women in the state.
She also stated that the steps have been taken in this regard while her regime would also find the motives behind these incidents.
Earlier, the state Police asserted that 100 incidents of braid chopping occurred in Kashmir so far while ruing the “lack of co-operation” from the members of public.
They have also announced a reward of Rs six lakhs for credible information about the braid choppers.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Range, Munir Ahmad Khan told KNS that stone pelting incidents were reported in a few parts of Srinagar including Saida Kadal and Wanbal area of Nowgam today.
He said that barring these stone pelting incidents, the situation remained peaceful. (KNS)