Sheikh Imran Bashir
Srinagar: Prohibitory orders were clamped in the entire district of Srinagar on Friday to thwart a proposed march by separatists even as south and north Kashmir areas continued to be under curfew.
Authorities imposed curfew in many old city areas on Thursday night to thwart the Eidgah Macrh programme, the call for which has been given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G).
Srinagar District Magistrate Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo announced imposition of curfew in the entire Srinagar district Friday morning.
A top Police officer told Agence India Press that, as Hurriyat (G) has asked people to march towards Eidgah on Friday. “Curfew is being imposed to prevent people from marching towards Eidgah.
We (police) made announcements by police vehicles fitted with loudspeakers throughout Srinagar city, mostly on Nowhatta, Maisuma, Zaina Kadal, Nawab Bazar and adjoining areas late night Thursday and early in the morning that a curfew would remain in force. He said.
“It is a preventive measure to avoid protests and confrontations.”
Curfew is being strictly enforced and no violation will be allowed anywhere. At the same time, strict instructions have been given to the security forces to exercise utmost restraint,’ he added.
There was no relaxation in curfew in Sopore, Baramulla, Handwara, Kupwara, Mattan, Bijbehara, Dooru, Kokernag, Achhabal in Anantnag, Qaimoh in Kulgam and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir.
In Srinagar, additional contingents of police and paramilitary forces have been deployed to strictly enforce the curfew.
The Eidgah ground has been sealed by police and paramilitary forces with barbed wires. Armoured vehicles have been placed around it to prevent people from assembling there.
APHC (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for a protest rally to Eidgah grounds against the violence the state has seen in the last week and alleged human rights violations by security forces.
Geelani was arrested last month under the Public Safety Act.
Many other senior leaders of Geelani’s group have also been arrested while Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of AHPC (M), has been placed under house arrest in his Nigeen residence in Srinagar.
Curfew was imposed in seven police station areas of the old city since June 28 when the city had witnessed violent protests following civilian deaths in security forces firing.