Downtown under siege on I-day eve

Srinagar: Restrictions have been imposed in parts of the downtown here fearing anti-India protests on the eve of India’s 69th Independence Day celebrations which will be held tomorrow amid heightened security.

Witnesses told Kashmir Reader that all the roads leading to the downtown have been sealed by the government forces with barricades and concertina wire to thwart any pro-Pakistan and anti-India demonstrations. At many places, witnesses said armored vehicles have been used to restrict the movement of traffic.
Donning riot gear and carrying assault rifles, CRPF troopers and police are maintaining tight vigil in the downtown here, which is considered to be the stronghold of pro-freedom leader and Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, witnesses said.