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Separatists’ march restricted; Normal life affected

A curfew-like situation prevailed in the city on Friday as authorities deployed security forces to foil separatists’ plan to stage protests after Friday prayers to demand punishment for those involved in the Shopian case and release of their detained leaders.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2009 17:12 IST

A curfew-like situation prevailed in the city on Friday as authorities deployed security forces to foil separatists’ plan to stage protests after Friday prayers to demand punishment for those involved in the Shopian case and release of their detained leaders.

The separatists have planned rallies to Cheshmashahi in Srinagar to press for release of separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, detained for organising agitations to protest against Shopian rape and murder case of May 30.

Thousands of police and para-military personnel were deployed and barricades were laid on the important posts to restrict movement of the people following a call for the march given by hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference.

Shops and business establishments, educational institutions, banks, courts and semi-government institutions were closed and vehicles remained off the road in view of stringent security measures.

The district magistrate of Srinagar, Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo said prohibitory orders have been put in place to prevent any untoward incident and maintain law and order in the city.

“We have issued orders that no unlawful gathering should be allowed. police has been asked to implement the orders to ensure public safety,” he said.

All roads leading towards Cheshmashahi, where hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani is lodged since June 6, have been sealed and no vehicle was allowed on the roads, police said.