Restrictions in parts of Srinagar ahead of Independence Day

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2015 12:52 IST

Authorities imposed restrictions in certain parts of Srinagar on Friday to prevent protests ahead of Independence Day.

Restrictions under section 144 have been imposed in Khanyar, Safakadal, Nowhatta, Rainawari, M R Gunj and Kralkhud and Maisuma areas of Srinagar to prevent protests and violence.

The decision was taken during a high level meeting between civil administration and top police officials on Thursday.

Shops and business establishments in these areas remained closed. No vehicular or pedestrian movement was allowed.

Most schools in Srinagar announced a holiday while Kashmir University (KU) postponed all exams scheduled for Friday. A KU spokesperson said that the new dates for the postponed papers will be notified soon.

Authorities said that extra caution was being taken after Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's call to hold special prayers for peace and prosperity on the occassion of Independence Day of Pakistan day on August 14.

Separatist leader and JKLF chairman Yasin Mallik was arrested on Wednesday. There are also reports of nocturnal raids at residence of separatist leaders including Dukhtaran-e-millat chairperson Asiya Andrabi.

Every year, August 14 sees instances of waving of Pakistani flags in some areas of Srinagar. This year, though, such flags have been waved by some youths on almost every Friday over the past few months.

(with agency inputs)

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