Srinagar: Prohibitory orders were Monday imposed in twin districts of Budgam and Ganderbal in central Kashmir where eight persons were killed in firing by government forces during polling for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
“Restriction on the assembly of four or more persons under Section 144 of CrPc has been imposed in Budgam and Ganderbal districts to maintain law and order,” a police official said.
He said that while there were no curbs imposed in the summer capital here, security forces have been deployed in strength at sensitive places across the city to prevent any untoward incident.
Normal life was affected across the Valley due to the strike called by separatists. Shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut, while the attendance in banks and government offices was low, the official said.
Internet services remained suspended for the second day today. Public transport was off the roads, while private transport was minimal.
Kashmir University and Islamic University of Science and Technology have postponed all examinations that were scheduled for today.
The pro-freedom leaders had yesterday called for a two-day shutdown against the killing of protesters in forces’ firing, saying it was the only way for them to express solidarity with the families of those killed and the cause for which they laid down their lives.
“We know hartal would not affect government policy towards us but it is the only option to express our collective grief,” pro-freedom leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farroq, Syed Ali Geelani and Mohammad Yasin Malik had said in a joint statement.