Beef ban: Curbs, shutdown throws life out of gear across Valley

Srinagar: Life has come to a grinding halt in this capital city and elsewhere on Saturday due to government imposed curbs coupled with a shutdown called by resistance groups against the court order banning sale of beef across the state.

Since early morning, curfew like restrictions were imposed by police in the downtown areas here including Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Rainwari and Safa Kadal amid apprehensions of violent protests against the court decision, reports said.

Policemen assisted by the troopers had barricaded many roads and important crossings with concertina wire that lead to the downtown. At the sensitive places, armoured vehicles were used to restrict the movement of civilians.

Similar restrictions were imposed in uptown Maisuma, the bastion of JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik. The forces had choked the roads near Akhara building and Gaw Kadal bridge with razor wire, reports said.

Elsewhere, a complete shutdown is being observed in response to the call given by Hurriyat Conference (G) against the court order banning sale of beef in the Muslim majority state. Many resistance, socio political groups had supported the shutdown call terming the verdict as interference in religious affairs”