Authorities impose restrictions in Srinagar parts; situation remained normal: IGP
Srinagar, Oct 09: Kashmir valley Monday observed complete shutdown against the increasing incidents of braid chopping. The shutdown was called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday.
Strict restrictions were imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the valley.
The forces in large number were deployed on the roads in the Srinagar, while strict restrictions were imposed in Old city areas of Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Maisuma and Kralkhud.
All the shops and business establishments remained closed while the traffic was also off the roads. The commercial hub Lal Chowk wore a deserted look as all the shops and other business houses remained closed.
The mysterious braid chopping incidents continued in the Valley from the past four weeks. The J&K Police has constituted a SIT to investigate the matter, but has so far not able to get any breakthrough.
Pic by, Shah Jehangir/FK
The Opposition mainstream parties have lashed out at the government for “failing to nab the culprits involved”.
The separatist leaders have termed such incidents as a ‘ploy’ aimed to divert the attention of Kashmiris from the freedom struggle.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has termed these incidents as disorder, saying that nobody would be behind these acts.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Range, Munir Ahmad Khan told KNS that the Kashmir remained partially shut. “The women protest took place today while the overall situation remained normal,” he said. (KNS)