Curbs in downtown, spontaneous shutdown in parts of Valley

Most parts of Valley Friday observed spontaneous shutdown even as authorities disallowed Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta and clamped strict restrictions in various parts of downtown to prevent post Friday protests.

Shops and business establishments remained closed in most parts of Valley including Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Awntipora, and Tral while public transport was off the roads.
The contingents of police and CRPF enforced restrictions in parts of downtown and uptown Srinagar.
An official said restrictions under section 144 of the CrPC were imposed in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R.Gunj and Safa Kadal in the Old City areas.

“Partial restrictions also remained in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud,” he said.
The cops had placed barbed wires on roads to restrict movement of people.
The cops also sealed Jamia Masjid and did not allow people to offer Friday prayers there.
To prevent Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from delivering weekly sermon at Jamia, authorities placed him under house arrest last evening.

The authorities also placed chairmen of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani under house arrest while JKLF chief Yasin Malik remained lodged in central jail Srinagar.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for the peaceful post-Friday protests against the brutal rape-and-murder of 8-year-old Asifa and killings of four civilians in Khudwani, Kulgam on Wednesday.
Internet services remained snapped in Shopian, Awantipora and Pulwama since Wednesday while speed was slashed in Srinagar . The internet was snapped in Kulgam district on midnight Tuesday soon after the encounter broke out at Wani Mohalla, Khudwani.
The railway authorities suspended train services in Valley.
A railway official said the decision was taken in wake of the apprehensions of law and order in the Valley.
The youth took to roads and clashed with cops at Chanapora, Khanpora Baramulla, Cement Pull Baramulla, Sabzi Mandi Soura, Kanli Bagh road Baramulla, Memander in Shopian, Main Chowk Sopore, Awantipora, Papchan Nandipora, Model town Sopore, Nowpora Bypass , Tral tehsil office, Grid station Kralgund Handwara, Serno Pulwama, Mirgund Budgam, Maloora, Drugmulla, Hatmullah, Kralpora, Natnussa, Naid khai, Wadoora crossing and Natnussa.
Reports said three youth were detained by police during the clashes at Drugmulla.

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