No impact on Kashmir situation amid restriction announcement

The verdict of Supreme Court on Babri Masjid-Ram Janam Bhoomi dispute today had no effect on the situation in Kashmir even as the authorities announced imposition of restrictions as a precautionary measure during the wee hours of this morning. But people and vehicles were allowed to move as situation remained normal.
The situation remained the same like other days. A spontaneous shut down since August 5 against the abrogation of articles 370 and 35A and downgrading of J&K state into two union territories continued today also.
Restrictions under section 144 of the CrPC came into force in the newly-created union territory around midnight after the DGP chaired a high-level meeting to review the security situation, officials said.
They said adequate security measures have been taken to maintain law and order. The restrictions are in place as a precautionary measure, the officials said.
Residents said that policemen on vehicles fitted with public address system made announcements before dawn informing people about the imposition of the prohibitory orders and closure of all educational institutions.
Exams slated for Saturday have been deferred and the fresh dates will be announced, the officials said, adding that Saturday will be a dry day and no bursting of crackers will be allowed anywhere.
Chairing a high-level meeting in Police Control Room (PCR) here on Friday evening, DGP Dilbag Singh directed that religious places and places of worship must be protected and “any attempt to create any communal trouble must be neutralised with suitable advance action”, an official said. Even as restrictions were imposed, the situation remained normal. The people and vehicles were allowed to move.
But, restrictions were imposed in several areas of old city of Srinagar around Hazratbal shrine. Reports said the authorities will not allow huge congregations at the shrine in connection with Eid-e-Milad-u-Nabi (SAW)) celebrations, beginning from tonight. People in thousands used to throng the shrine on Eid Milad celebrations spread over seven days and offer special prayers besides having the glimpse of holy relic of Prophet Mohammad (SAW).
However, this time the authorities are disallowing huge religious congregations in shrines in view of a prevailing situation. The authorities fear that presence of large number of people can create law and order situation, particularly since a spontaneous shutdown continues. No congregation Friday prayers are allowed in historic Jamia Masjid here since August 5.
The officials hope that the situation will remain peaceful in coming days also inspite of the Ayodhya verdict.
When the Babri Mosque was demolished, there was no reaction in Kashmir. At that time militancy was at its peak. While there were condemnations from various groups, but no public protests were organized.
However, a militant group later announced ban on the traditional Amarnath Yatra. But the ban could not get the public support and people continued to extend support to the pilgrimage. Government on its part tightened security arrangements for the safe yatra.