Srinagar: Strict restrictions have been imposed in the down town and Trehgam areas of Srinagar and Kupwara on Sunday following JRL strike call on the death anniversary of founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged and later buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail in 1984.
Police said that Restrictions under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of M R Gunj, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safa Kadal and Khanyar in the downtown since morning as a “precautionary measure” to prevent any “law and order problem”. Restrictions have also been imposed in some areas under the jurisdiction of police station Kralkhud in the old city and Maisuma in civil lines.
Hundreds of police and force personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons , were seen patrolling the areas to strictly implement the restrictions.
Local sources said that the main Nallahmar road from Tarabal Nawa Kadal to Khanyar crossing has been closed for any traffic or pedestrian movement. Forces have closed the main roads in the downtown with barbed wire at Nawa Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Kawdara and Khanyar. Similarly road blocks were erected by forces at Nowhatta, Rangar stop and Gojwara.
Similar restrictions have also been imposed on roads around the Malkha graveyard. Large number of forces have also been deployed at Rainawari, Nowpora and Bobdamb.
All roads leading to Maisuma, have been closed with barbed wire at Budshah Chowk, Haji Masjid, Gaw Kadal, Madina Chowk and Red Cross road. Additional forces and state police personnel have also been deployed in the civil lines, including Residency road, Moulana Azad road, historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, Budshah Chowk and Jehangir Chowk.
Meanwhile, forces and state police personnel had been deployed near the United Nations Military Observers for India and Pakistan (UNMOIP) at Sonawar to foil JRL plan to present a memorandum today. Forces have put up nakas to prevent people from entering the area.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, has called for strike today on the death anniversary of Bhat. The JRL has also announced to present memorandum to UNMOIP for return of bodies of Bhat and parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru, buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail.
Restrictions have also been imposed in parts of frontier district of Kupwara in north Kashmir on the death anniversary of Maqbool Bhat.
All roads leading to Trehgam, Kupwara, the native place of Bhat have been closed with barbed wire. Additional forces and state police personnel have been deployed to foil any procession or demonstration in the town.
Police said that restriction under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed in Trehgam and adjoining areas to prevent any “law and order problem”.
Additional forces have been deployed in strength in Kupwara, Handwara and other major towns in north Kashmir.