Srinagar: For the second consecutive day, the district administration Srinagar on Saturday imposed restrictions in Old city areas while the rest of the Valley observed complete shutdown to mark a protest against the plait-cutting incidents in Kashmir.
The restrictions under section 144 CrPC continued for the second consecutive day in Srinagar parts to thwart any protest against the cutting of women’s plaits in Kashmir.
The protest as well as the shutdown call was given by the combined group of pro-freedom leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Following the shutdown call, the district administration imposed restrictions in Srinagar’s old city areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven Police Stations including Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Maisuma and Kralkhud as ‘precautionary measure’.
Police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in large number to deal with any possible anti-braid cutting protest. The restrictions continued in Srinagar areas since Friday morning.
The forces had erected concertina wires on the roads and streets in these areas, which halted the vehicular as well as the pedestrian movement.
Meanwhile, in response of the shutdown call, all the shops, business establishments remained closed while the traffic was also thin on the roads throughout the day.
Reports of shutdown was also received from the Southern as well as the northern districts of the Valley.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out in Kani Kadal and Ahmad Nagar area of Srinagar.
During the clashes, the forces disbursed tear gas canisters to disperse the youth who were throwing stones on them.
Pertinently, over 110 incidents of mysterious braid chopping were reported in Kashmir from past nearly two months.
Several locals mistaken as plait choppers were beaten by the miscreants following which the Police higher ups appealed locals to not to take law into their hands and asked them to cooperate with Police so that the investigation could be done in a proper way to nab the culprits behind these incidents.
The Special Investigation Teams (SIT) were formed in almost every district to investigate the plait-cutting incidents in the Valley that has created havoc among the local populace especially the womenfolk.