Curbs disrupt life in Srinagar

Normal life in parts of Srinagar was affected due to restrictions imposed by authorities to foil protests called by separatists against the civilian killing in Kashmir.
An official said restrictions were enforced in areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven Police Stations including Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, M R Gunj and Safakadal.
He said partial restrictions were imposed in the areas falling under Police Stations Maisuma and Kral Khud.
The official said the restrictions were imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order and foil protests called by the separatist leaders.
A heavy contingent of police and paramilitary CRPF men had blocked all roads in downtown to foil protests. The cops had placed concertina wires on the roads to restrict movement of people.
“People were not allowed to move in groups. Mostly, people had to follow alternates routes to reach their destinations,” a resident of Nowhatta told Rising Kashmir.
Authorities also disallowed Friday congregational prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhata.
It was for the third consecutive week and 18th week this year that Friday prayers were disallowed at Jamia Majid.
The cops had sealed all roads leading to the Jamia by placing coils of concertina wires to prevent people from moving there.
The authorities also placed Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest at his Nageen residence while Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani continued to remain under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence.
JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested by police and shifted to Central Jail Srinagar.
Scores of JKLF supporters staged a protest in Musima against the civilian killings by the force personnel.
The JKLF activists assembled in Maisuma after Friday prayers and took out a march against the civilian killings. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protestors were demanding an end to civilian killings and human rights violations in the Valley.
Authorities suspended the train services in Valley today.
“In order to avoid any eventuality due to apprehension of protests, train service between Banihal and Baramulla was suspended today,” an official of Northern Railway said.
The Joint Resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yain Malik had called for protests today against the civilians killings and indiscriminate use of force on protestors.
Three civilians including two women were killed in forces firing near encounter sites in the Valley this month.
During the intervening night of 10 and 11 December Maisra Bano, 23, wife of Ishfaq Wani resident of Yunsu, Handwara was killed in forces firing during an encounter in the area in which Pakistani militants were killed.
A sumo driver Asif Iqbal was killed during the intervening night of December 16 and 17 by army men when he went to start his cab to ferry a patient to hospital.
On December 19, a woman Rubeena Jan died in forces firing on protestors in south Kashmir’s Shopian district after two Jaish militants were killed in an encounter. She was hit by a bullet inside her house.
She hasleft behind 10-month old baby girl.

javid@risingkashmir.com