Life across Kashmir Valley remained disrupted for the third day today due to a strike called by separatists over gutting of the 200-year-old Dastageer Sahib shrine even as authorities imposed restrictions on the movement of people in the old city.
As a preventive measure to maintain law and order, Srinagar district magistrate Baseer Ahmad Khan has ordered imposition of restrictions on the movement of people and transport in six police station areas of the old city, officials said.
The police station areas where curfew-like restrictions have been imposed include Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal and Kralkhud.
While clashes erupted on Monday between protestors and police after the shrine was gutted by fire, the Valley observed a shutdown yesterday on a call given by separatist groups. More than 50 people, including a dozen policemen, were injured in the clashes.
The restrictions in the old city were likely to continue till Friday as Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir Bashiruddin Ahmad has called for a march to Khanyar that day.
Despite no restrictions in some areas of the city, schools, colleges, offices, shops and other commercial establishments remained closed.
Public transport was off the roads across the Valley while few private vehicles could be seen on roads. Attendance in government offices was also thin.
The state government has ordered a probe by divisional commissioner, Kashmir, into the fire incident and also announced that the shrine will be reconstructed.
Additional policemen and CRPF personnel have been deployed in the old city and other vulnerable areas of the city like Maisuma to maintain law and order, the sources said.