Restrictions in Srinagar parts, shutdown in valley

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Srinagar: Authorities on Wednesday imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar in view of a strike call of pro-freedom leaders against the killings of two militants and a civilian at the hands of forces in Pulwama, sources said.
A civilian Firdous Ahmad was killed near the encounter site, where two LeT militants, including the outfit’s commander Abu Dujana, were killed during a gunfight.
Curbs were imposed as “a precautionary measure to maintain law and order”, a police official said.
Restrictions have been imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar — Khanyar, MR Gunj, Safakadal, Rainawari, Kralkhud, Nowhatta and Maisuma.
Meanwhile, the strike affected normal life across Kashmir with most shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remaining closed.
Public transport was off the roads at most places though private cars and auto-rickshaws were plying, witnesses said.
The government has ordered closure of all educational institutions in the valley on Wednesday to avoid escalation of street protests.
Mobile internet services have also been suspended across the valley.
While there were no restrictions anywhere else in the valley, forces have been deployed in strength at sensitive places “to maintain law and order,” official sources said.

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